Opening Day Happy Hour at the Elysian Fields Bar & Grill
— The Athletics have not scored a run in their last 25 innings on Opening Day. Their last run came in 2012 and they were in Japan. The Rangers have not been shut out on Opening Day since 1972
— Manager Jeff Banister said starter Yovani Gallardo will be operating on a 100-105 pitch count for the opener.
— Prince Fielder on his Spring Training baserunning: “I actually take pride in running the bases. People fall asleep on me. I like to hustle, it’s fun for me. Now that I’ve got that feeling back, I’m not playing around. I can play with reckless abandon but being careful with it.”
— Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor hits left-handed. So? He is the first Opening Day second baseman in Rangers history who was purely a left-handed hitter. All others were either right-handed or switch-hitters.
— The last Rangers Opening Day shortstop who hit left-handed? Jeff Huson in 1991. He is the only one. Huson, Jim Mason and Ramon Vazquez are the only left-handed hitters to play more than four games at shortstop for the Rangers.
— Athletics manager Bob Melvin on the Rangers: “They have a good team. You look at their lineup, certainly the first four or five guys get your attention, and then guys like Rua and Smolinski, Odor, they’re guys that really made an impact. So their lineup’s going to be good. Pitching’s a little different than we’ve seen in the past, so it’s kind of tough to forecast how that’s going to play out, but the guys that you know, you know they’re going to have a formidable lineup.”
— Roman Mendez on waiting to hear if he was going to make the team: “Of course I was nervous. It goes through everybody’s minds. But I was prepared to do whatever the team needed me to do.”
— Just for the heck of it: Dean Palmer
— Pitchers Keone Kela and Logan Verrett, and outfielder Delino DeShields have never played in the Major Leagues. Last time the Rangers had three players on the Opening Day roster with no big league time was 1986 with Bobby Witt, Mitch Williams and Pete Incaviglia. Only other time was in 1974 with Mike Cubbage, Jim Sundberg and Mike Hargrove.
— There are 230 players born outside the 50 states out of the 868 players on the Opening Day roster, disabled list or restricted list. That’s 26.5 percent.
— The Rangers are way ahead of the curve. They have 15 of 33 players (including eight on the DL) who were born outside the 50 states. That is 45.4 percent.
— Thomas Diamond turns 32 today. Bert Blyleven turns 64
We are off and running for the 28th season doing this.