The Rangers travel to Scottsdale tonight to take on the Giants, sending close to a starting lineup out against lefthander Jonathan Sanchez, the lone San Francisco pitcher that Texas hung a loss on in the World Series. The game starts at 8 p.m. Central time.
Calling the game on a free MLB.com webcast will be John Rhadigan, making his Rangers play-by-play debut, along with John Blake.
And speaking of Rhadigan, he and Eric Nadel and Tom Grieve will join us for a free fan event inside Surprise Stadium at 6 p.m. (Arizona time) on Monday, March 14 (one week from tonight). The Q&A event will last one hour. No need to RSVP. More details soon.
And by the way, if you’re wagering on whether Neftali Feliz will start or close when the season opens in three and a half weeks, bet on a return to the ninth inning. Among the things the front office has alluded to recently is the importance the club places on the pitcher’s own ambitions, and how C.J. Wilson craved a transition to the rotation a year ago and put every ounce of his energy, both in the off-season and in camp, toward convincing the organization that he should start.
Feliz, according to a handful of tweets just shared by our local beat reporters in Surprise, said today that he’s comfortable in either role but would prefer to close.
Feliz is expected to start on Wednesday (despite yesterday’s scare when he took a Craig Gentry BP line drive off his left shin), but I’d give the experiment another week or 10 days before he’s back working the ninth.