SURPRISE, Ariz.--The Texas Rangers (12-12-2) look to get back into the win column when they host the Los Angeles Angels (6-13-4) on Thursday at Surprise Stadium at 8:05 p.m. CT. The Rangers were off Wednesday. In their last game Tuesday, they lost, 5-4, to the Chicago Cubs at HoHoKam Stadium.
OF Nelson Cruz is back in the Rangers lineup for the first time since returning from playing with the Dominican Republic, who won the World Baseball Classic. Today's lineup is the first opportunity to see the possible batting order for Opening Day.
The game also marks the first time former Rangers OF Josh Hamilton will face his former teammates. Hamilton left Texas as a free agent during the offseason and signed a 5-year, $123 million contract with the Angels.
RHP Jerome Williams