There have been some big changes in the Texas lineup since not winning a game last October, particularly the departure of five-time All-Star and former AL MVP Josh Hamilton, now with the AL West rival Los Angeles Angels.
Matt Harrison has been named opening day starter for the Rangers, and he will be followed by Yu Darvish in the rotation. The team opens in Houston on March 31.
The Rangers enjoyed an up and down Saturday against two of baseball’s storied franchises.
Matt Harrison bounced back from a rough first outing to throw three scoreless innings and the Texas Rangers went on to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-1 on Saturday.
Matt Harrison knew he wasn’t going to be as sharp as he was last season, when he won 18 games and made the AL All-Star team. Still, he didn’t think his spring training debut would be this bad.
Wednesday marks the first official workout for Rangers pitchers and catchers. Position players must report by Friday before the first full-squad workout on Saturday morning.
The Rangers have finalized a $55 million, five-year contract with All-Star left-hander Matt Harrison.
All-Star pitcher Matt Harrison and the Texas Rangers agreed Wednesday night to a $55 million, five-year contract, according to a person familiar with the deal.
The Texas Rangers say reliever Mike Adams will have surgery for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, a numbing sensation that sidelined him the last week of the season.
Matt Harrison pitched into the ninth inning for his 17th victory, and the Rangers beat the Mariners 2-1 on a drizzly Sunday to add to their AL West division lead.
Manager Ron Washington said before Friday night’s game against Tampa Bay that Harrison (15-9) will have his scheduled start Sunday pushed back until Tuesday.
Evan Longoria homered twice as Tampa Bay roughed up Texas pitcher Matt Harrison, and the Rays beat the Rangers 8-4 to snap a four-game losing streak on Wednesday night.