Rangers manager Ron Washington said there is no injury concern with right-hander Nick Tepesch, who exited his last after getting hit by a liner that scrapped off some skin on his right wrist.
And, unlike the rest of the team, Tepesch has no sleep concerns. He flew out from Anaheim ahead of the team, which endured an overnight flight that landed at about 6 a.m. Minnesota time.
But the usual suspects are in the lineup, as Washington said nobody wanted a day off. A.J. Pierzynski is catching despite playing every inning in Anaheim, and Lance Berkman is at designated hitter. Pierzynski will get a day off Friday with Geovany Soto slated to catch Justin Grimm.
Texas: 1. Ian Kinsler, 2b; 2. Elvis Andrus, ss; 3. Lance Berkman, dh; 4. Adrian Beltre, 3b; 5. A.J. Pierzynski, c; 6. Nelson Cruz, rf; 7. David Murphy, lf; 8. Mitch Moreland, 1b; 9. Leonys Martin, cf.
RHP Nick Tepesch (1-1, 3.07 ERA)
Minnesota: 1. Brian Dozier, 2b; 2. Joe Mauer, c; 3. Josh Willingham, lf; 4. Justin Morneau, 1b; 5. Chris Parmelee, rf; 6. Trevor Plouffe, 3b; 7. Oswaldo Arcia, dh; 8. Aaron Hicks, cf; 9. Pedro Florimon, ss.
RHP Vance Worley (0-2, 7.11 ERA)