Manager Ron Washington continues to make a concerted effort to not pummel Geovany Soto into the ground. The Rangers' primary catcher, at least as long as Mike Napoli is out, gets a day off in the opener at Tampa Bay. Soto had started 21 of the Rangers' past 26 games, but gives way Luis Martinez.
Rangers lineup vs. RHP Jeremy Hellickson: Ian Kinsler, 2b; Elvis Andrus, ss; Josh Hamilton, cf; Adrian Beltre, 3b; Nelson Cruz, rf; Michael Young, dh; David Murphy, lf; Mitch Moreland, 1b; Luis Martinez, c.
Rays lineup vs. LHP Derek Holland: Desmond Jennings, lf; B.J. Upton, cf; Ben Zobrist, ss; Evan Longoria, 3b; Jeff Keppinger, 1b; Ben Francisco, dh; Ryan Roberts, 2b; Chris Gimenez, c; Sam Fuld, rf.
-- Jeff Wilson