Lance Berkman is making his debut at first base tonight in Game 2 of the Texas Rangers' doubleheader against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Berkman pinch-hit in the first game. The 15-year big leaguer has played in 737 career games at first base, including 22 last season. He has not seen the field with the Rangers, though, serving as primarily designated hitter and pinch-hitter.
Nelson Cruz won't play in the nightcap after going 1-for-5 with three strikeouts. Instead, manager Ron Washington is going with Leonys Martin in right and Craig Gentry in center.
Texas vs. RHP Trevor Cahill: 1. Elvis Andrus, ss; 2. David Murphy, lf; 3. Lance Berkman, 1b; 4. Adrian Beltre, 3b; 5. A.J. Pierzynski, c; 6. Craig Gentry, cf; 7. Leonys Martin, rf; 8. Leury Garcia, 2b; 9. Yu Darvish, rhp.
Arizona vs. RHP Yu Darvish: 1. Gerardo Parra, rf; 2. Didi Gregorius, ss; 3. Eric Chavez, 3b; 4. Jason Kubel, lf; 5. Miguel Montero, c; 6. A.J. Pollock, cf; 7. Eric Hinske, 1b; 8. Cliff Pennington, 2b; 9. Trevor Cahill, rhp.