Notes: First look at Rangers' 1-4 hitters
Because of injuries, World Baseball Classic commitments and scheduled days off, the matchup against the Oakland A's provides the first glimpse of what will likely be the top portion of the 2013 lineup. The Rangers are reshaping their batting order following the loss of three key contributors from last season.
Second baseman Ian Kinsler will bat leadoff, followed by shortstop Elvis Andrus, designated hitter Lance Berkman and clean-up hitter Adrian Beltre.
David Murphy is batting fifth, as he will at times during the regular season when matchups dictate he swap spots in the order with Nelson Cruz, who remains with his Dominican Republic teammates at the WBC.
Andrus also participated in the WBC (Venezuela), and Berkman and Beltre both missed games early on with calf issues.
Other game notes:
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