The Kansas City Royals played until 3:14 a.m. last night, and didn't arrive at their hotel until about 7 a.m. The Texas Rangers have gone through similar traveling issues, and David Murphy said it "could be" an advantage for the Rangers.
But, Murphy said, the lack of sleep generally catches up the following day. Either way, the Rangers should feel good about their chances against Royals starter Wade Davis, who has a career 13.50 ERA at Rangers Ballpark.
Left-hander Derek Holland starts for the Rangers.
Texas -- 1. Elvis Andrus, ss; 2. David Murphy, lf; 3. Lance Berkman, dh; 4. Adrian Beltre, 3b; 5. Nelson Cruz, rf; 6. Mitch Moreland, 1b; 7. A.J. Pierzynski, c; 8. Jurickson Profar, 2b; 9. Leonys Martin, cf.
LHP Derek Holland (4-2, 2.97 ERA)
Kansas City -- 1. Alex Gordon, lf; 2. Alcides Escobar, ss; 3. Lornezo Cain, cf; 4. Billy Butler, dh; 5. Eric Hosmer, 1b; 6. Miguel Tejada, 3b; 7. Jeff Francoeur, rf; 8. Adam Moore, c; 9. Chris Getz, 2b.
RHP Wade Davis (3-4, 5.71 ERA)