Home Opener at the Elysian Fields Bar & Grill
— Rangers manager Jeff Banister on the difference between Opening Day in Oakland and the home opener in Arlington: “You look in the stands (in Oakland) and you the green and yellow, people yelling at you, spitting venom on you. You see today – red, white and blue – everybody wearing Texas. It’s our house. It’s nobody else’s house. The home opener, I’m sure it will run the full gamut of emotions. The crowd echoes in my mind and my memories will be forever. You only get one of them. It’s special for my family, this group of players and the fans. It’s our house.”
— Banister said he and his son Jacob arrived at the ballpark at 7:45 a.m. and there were fans already there. Said Banister, “There were cars lined up, it was tremendous. I told Jacob, enjoy this, it’s special. It just shows you the passion of baseball fans.”
— The Rangers, going into the home opener, are 51-28 in the month of April since the start of 2012. That .646 winning percentage is the best in the American League.
— The Rangers scored three runs in the first three games and ten their fourth game. Only two other teams have scored three or less runs in their first three games of the season and then hit scored 10 or more in the fourth game. One was the 1876 Louisville Grays. The other was the 2003 Braves.
— Mitch Moreland on the Rangers first four games: “We’re right where we need to be. We’re going out there and leaving everything on the field every night. If we do that, we’ll be fine. It has been a lot of fun. At the same time, we’re getting our work in. It’s going to be a fun year.”
— Banister has an autographed football of Tony Romo displayed in his office along with a Lone Star Flag.
— Banister said he has an autographed football of Russell Wilson but left that one at home.
— Adrian Beltre’s home run on Thursday was his 396th of his career, tying him with Joe Carter for 55th all-time. He needs four more to reach 400. When he does, he’ll have passed Carter as well as Dale Murphy (398), Andres Galarraga (399) and Al Kaline (399). Beltre is fourth among active players behind Alex Rodriguez (655), Albert Pujols (521) and David Ortiz (466).
— C.J. Wilson did not pitch against the Rangers last season and will not pitch against them in the three-game series Monday-Wednesday in Arlington. The Rangers will miss both Jered Weaver and Wilson. They are scheduled to pitch Saturday and Sunday against the Royals. Wilson is 0-1 with a 9.70 ERA since he left the Rangers and signed with the Angels after the 2011 season.
— Right now the Angels are lining up with Hector Santiago on Monday, Drew Rucinski on Tuesday and Matt Shoemaker on Wednesday.
— The Rangers won’t miss Mariners ace Felix Hernandez. They’ll get him either next Friday or Saturday in Seattle.
— Prince Fielder, on going 5-for-15 with three RBI in the opening series against the Athletics, “It’s a good feeling knowing I’m healthy and playing hard. No worries.”
— The Rangers Opening Day payroll has been calculated at $142, 140, 873. That’s the eighth highest in Major League Baseball. The Dodgers lead at $272 million and the Yankees are next at $219 million.