04/21/12 4:50 PM ET
Rangers dealing with day-night complexities
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
Beltre hopes to return soon after hamstring strain
DETROIT -- Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is hoping to miss only a few games after straining his left hamstring in the Rangers' 10-4 win over the Tigers in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday.Beltre missed five weeks last year with a strained hamstring, but the Rangers are hoping this injury won't land him on the disabled list. "I don't think it's quite as bad as last year," Beltre said. "It didn't grab me as much. Hopefully it will be a couple of days, just 2-4 days." Beltre did not start against the Tigers in the second game and won't play on Sunday. The Rangers open a three-game series with the Yankees on Monday at the Ballpark in Arlington, and Beltre will be re-evaluated before that series. "It bothers you to lose Beltre, but we still have to play baseball," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. Game-time temperature for the first game was 43 degrees, and Beltre was injured running into second base on a double in the top of the second inning. Alberto Gonzalez went in to pinch-run for him. "He didn't want to walk off the field," Washington said. "The man has his pride. He said he would be careful, but we weren't going to let it happen. It's cold, and if it's slight, we want to keep it slight." Beltre admitted the cold weather wasn't helping matters. "Back home it will be warmer," Beltre said. "I don't want to miss a lot of games, especially the way we're playing." Michael Young, who was the Rangers' starting second baseman in Game 1 while Ian Kinsler was used at designated hitter, was at third base for the night game and will be there while Beltre is out. He was the Rangers' regular third baseman when Beltre was on the disabled list July 23-Sept. 1 last season. "Wherever the team needs me, I'll be ready," Young said. "A.B. got banged up last year and I was ready. The way this team is constructed, we need A.B. and Kinsler and everybody else to stay healthy the entire season. That's our best team. If we do that, we're going to pile up a lot of wins. The biggest thing for me is to stay ready."
Texas marks 40th anniversary of home opener
DETROIT -- Saturday marked the 40th anniversary of the Rangers' first game in Arlington. The Rangers, after moving from Washington D.C. in the offseason, played their first four games on the road before opening at Arlington Stadium on April 21, 1972.The Rangers, who had lost three of four, won their home opener with a 7-6 victory over the Angels. Dick Bosman beat Clyde Wright, and Frank Howard hit the first home run with a blast to center field in the first inning. Tom Grieve, on the Opening Day roster for the first time in his career, was 2-for-4 as the Rangers' left fielder. "The only thing I remember about that day was standing on the first-base line wearing a cowboy hat and [manager] Ted Williams standing on first base wearing cowboy boots with spikes, and thinking how different this was going to be," Grieve said. "It was also obvious that it wasn't going to be a sellout, which was automatic in Washington on Opening Day. But I was just happy to be on the Opening Day roster, whether or not I was wearing a cowboy hat or the stands were full." The Rangers were supposed to open the season at home. But the players began the season on strike, and the first 10 days of games were cancelled and not replayed.
The Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation will host 50 children from Miracle League in an exclusive fantasy baseball clinic through a partnership with Baseball Fantasy Camp for Kids LLC on Sunday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Doug Inman Miracle League Field at Randol Mill Park. Twelve former Rangers players will welcome the youngsters to the Doug Inman Miracle League Field. That day, the young players will be given the unique opportunity to receive instruction from the former Rangers before playing a game. Mike Napoli started at catcher for Game 1 on Saturday. Manager Ron Washington said Yorvit Torrealba will start Game 2. Game 2 starter Neftali Feliz did not come to the ballpark for Game 1. The Rangers told him to just hang out at the hotel and rest.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.