Roger Staubach, the Hall of Fame quarterback who led the Cowboys to two Super Bowl titles, is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. President George W. Bush threw out the first pitch last year on Opening Day.
First, the lineup. The newest Rangers - Andres Blanco - isn't wasting any time getting involved. He's leading off and playing shortstop. Josh Hamilton is also playing today, but in centerfield. Jarrod Saltlamacchia is playing in a minor-league game for one more day. If all goes well, he'll play in Monday's regular exhibition game.
Ian Kinsler is hitting in the cages today for Clint Hurdle and Darren O'Day is scheduled to throw off flat ground Monday.
Now the lineup vs. the White Sox: 1, Blanco, SS; 2, Young, 3B; 3, Hamilton, CF; 4, Guerrero, DH; 5, Murphy, LF; 6, Davis, 1B; 7, Teagarden, C; 8, Moreland, RF; 9, Petit, 2B.
Manager Ron Washington said after Saturday's 3-1 loss that the final bullpen spot still hasn't been decided. Doug Mathis, Willie Eyre and Guillermo Moscoso are the leading candidates for the final spot on the pitching staff.
Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said the Ron Washington drug test is proof the system works and that Washington has done everything in the program.
"It proves our program works," Selig told reporters in Mesa. "He flunked the test that we give. He has since been tested and will continue to be tested. He doesn't have to be any more, according to our program. He goes also for counseling so he continues to be tested. From my standpoint and our standpoint, baseball's standpoint, the program has worked."
This time they get Andres Blanco from the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named later. He played 40 games at second base and 15 at shortstop. He's been slowed this spring by a knee injury. He hit .252 in 123 at-bats last year.