Each day when it’s anighing three
Toby looks at the clock,
Then proudly brings my stick to me
To mind me of our walk.
And in his doggy rapture he
Does everything but talk.
But since I lack his zip and zest
My old bones often tire;
And so I ventured to suggest
Today we hug the fire.
But with what wailing he expressed
The joy of his desire!
He gazed at me with eyes of woe
As if to say: ‘Old boy,
You mustn’t lose your grip, you know,
Let us with laughing joy,
On heath and hill six miles or so
Our legs and lungs employ.’
And then his bark was stilled to a sigh
He flopped upon the floor;
But such a soft old mug am I
I threw awide the door;
So gaily, though the wind was high
We hiked across the moor.
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My pal Toby must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his collar bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
The rotation is still the No. 1 topic of discussion and things will start get interesting on Sunday when Robbie Ross makes his first start. Then comes Colby Lewis and Nick Tepesch on Monday. Lewis has certainly been the most encouraging sign the Rangers have seen so far and facing enemy hitters is the next step to gauge his progress.
The closer competition has yet to begin in earnest but one thing has been made clear. Neftali Feliz has to earn back his old job. It won’t be handed to him. Joakim Soria is looking pretty good and Tanner Scheppers over his back problems. All three pitch Sunday.
The Rangers really want to see Feliz take off. Stay tuned on that one.
Watch out for a couple left-handed relievers in camp: Ryan Feierabend and Aaron Poreda. The Rangers like what they have seen so far.
Offensively Michael Choice is impressing and Leonys Martin is down with some back stiffness. Not considered serious but Martin is another player that needs to have a good camp.
Jurickson Profar has not yet played the field because of some shoulder tendinitis but he is doing all his other work and the Rangers are cautiously optimistic he will be fine at second base.
Russell Wilson comes Monday and so too will be a large media contingent to chronicle the big day. The NFL Network is coming to Major League camp.
Will have to watch that one back in Texas. Time for a mid-spring break and no need for the Patrick Willis Fan Club to be there for that one. Back to work on Friday.
He said it
My gut feeling is paramount. My gut feeling is like a situation. It’s first. I’m watching the game, I’m feeling the game and I’m going to do what I think the feel of the game is going to tell me to do. I know the stats. I look at them, but I’m not going to run a ball game according to stats.
I’m a baseball person, not a statistician.
Manager Ron Washington
Alex Rios is returning to the Rangers lineup. He is at designated hitter for the Rangers game with the Royals. Michael Choice is in center and Mitch Moreland is in right field. Kensuke Tanaka is at second base with Alexi Ogando on the mound.
The webcast can be heard on texasrangers.com with Matt Hicks and Richard Durrett doing the game.
– The Rangers opened the Cactus League with an 11-7 victory over the Royals. There were nine errors in the game, including five by the Rangers. Utility infield candidate Josh Wilson, who has a reputation for being solid defensively, committed two errors at shortstop as did third baseman Alex Castellanos.
“It was a good game offensively but we certainly have some work to do defensively,” manager Ron Washington said.
– Yu Darvish gave up two hits but struck out four of eight batters in two scoreless innings. Tommy Hanson gave up an unearned run in 11/3 innings.
– Brent Lillibridge, another utility infield candidate, hit a two-run home run and also made a nice diving stop defensively at second base.
– Outfielder Brad Snyder had a two-run double and is 4-for-6 with three walks in two intrasquad games plus the Cactus League opener.
– Adrian Beltre had a double and a walk in his first two plate appearances.
– Jurickson Profar is not ready to play the field but was 1-for-3 at the plate as the backup designated hitter.
– The Rangers were 7-for-15 with runners in scoring position.
– Washington on what he expects from Mitch Moreland this year: “Consistency, that’s it. Just consistency, use the whole field. Don’t get locked into one way, just use the whole field. That’s when Mitch is at his best, when he can hit the ball everywhere, and he’s proven he can do that, and that’s what he has to do. If he can do that, then Mitch will be fine. It’s just a matter of him trusting his approach and doing what Mitch can do, and let that happen. Don’t get caught up with trying to compare himself to anyone. Just be Mitch Moreland, and everything is going to be fine. “
– Yu Darvish on getting more runs early from his teammates: “This is baseball, so if we score early I think it’s going to be advantageous for us, but I don’t want to put any pressure on our hitters. I’m going to stay with my pitches and do the best job that I can.”
He said it
“I just got lucky. He threw it where my bat was going.”
Prince Fielder on his first home run of the spring.