11/19/2013 3:33 P.M. ET
Rangers announce Spring Training schedule
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers will open the first of 31 exhibition games on Feb. 27 against the Royals at Surprise Stadium.
The Rangers announced their Spring Training schedule on Tuesday, and it includes an exhibition game against the Quintana Roo Tigers of the Triple-A Mexican League on March 27 at the Ballpark in Arlington. The Tigers are the defending champions of the Mexican League.
The Rangers will end their Spring Training schedule with two games against the Astros in San Antonio on March 28-29. The Rangers open the season on March 31 against the Phillies at the Ballpark in Arlington.
The Rangers are scheduled to play 28 games in Arizona, including 17 at Surprise Stadium. The Rangers will be the visiting team for three of four games against the Royals. The two teams play on Feb. 27-28 and March 17 and 22.
The Rangers will host the White Sox twice in Surprise and all other Cactus League teams once except the D-backs. Those two teams are not scheduled to play against each other next spring.
The Rangers' two biggest draws in Surprise will be night games. The Rangers play the Giants at 6:05 p.m. MT on March 13 and the Cubs at 7:05 p.m. on March 18. The Rangers' game against the Royals on March 17 will also be at 6:05 p.m. in Surprise. The only other night game is 7:05 p.m. on March 14 against the Reds in Goodyear.
All day games are scheduled to start at 1:05 p.m. MT, except the last game on March 26 against the Mariners in Surprise. That will start one hour earlier for getaway day.
Coolbaugh promoted to Minors hitting instructor
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have promoted Scott Coolbaugh to Minor League hitting instructor. Coolbaugh spent last season as the hitting coach at Triple-A Round Rock. He was the Rangers' hitting instructor in 2010-12 before being replaced by Dave Magadan last season.
He will be assisted by Brook Jacoby, who returns to the Rangers after seven years as the Reds' hitting coach. Jacoby was a Minor League hitting instructor for the Rangers in 2003-06 and also filled in for Rudy Jaramillo at the Major League level at the beginning of the 2006 season.
The Rangers also hired James Keller as a special assistant to the general manager and Brian Williams as their Southeast Regional crosschecker. Keller has a strong pitching background as a scout with the Orioles and D-backs, while Williams spent the past 10 years as a scout with the Mariners.
Former longtime amateur scouts Mike Grouse and Jay Eddings have been promoted to pro scouting department and Jake Krug has been promoted to a special assignment crosschecker on the amateur side. Krug has 11 seasons of experience with the Rangers in scouting and player development.
Bobby Crook, who had been the Rangers' manager of amateur scouting, has been promoted to amateur scout in the vital North Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas area. Matt Klotsche has been promoted to manager of amateur scouting going into his seventh season with the Rangers. He had been manager of baseball operations. Mike Medici has been hired away from the Blue Jays as an amateur scout in the Midwest.
Pro scout Mickey White and amateur scouts Phil Geisler, Derek Lee and Steve Watson are not returning to the organization in 2014.
Beltre named Rangers Player of the Year
ARLINGTON -- Third baseman Adrian Beltre has been named the 2013 Texas Rangers Player of the Year by the local chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. It's the second straight year Beltre has won the award, and he's the first repeat winner since Michael Young in 2004-05.
Beltre led the Rangers with a .315 batting average along with 30 home runs and 92 RBIs. He led the American League with 199 hits. He was the first player to lead the AL with less than 200 hits in a non-strike season since Rafael Palmeiro had 191 for the Rangers in 1990.
Beltre will receive his award at the 2014 Dr Pepper Texas Rangers Awards Dinner on Jan. 24 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine. Tickets for the dinner can be purchased at www.texasrangers.com/awards.
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.