Texas to host Mexico City in exhibition

Texas to host Mexico City in exhibition

Texas to host Mexico City in exhibition
The Rangers will play an exhibition game on April 3 against the Mexico City Red Devils of the Triple-A Mexican League at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

The Red Devils, translated to "Diablos Rojos del Mexico," had the Mexican League's best 2011 regular-season record (63-40) in the league's North Division. They have won 15 Mexican League championships in their history, more than any other club.

"The Mexico City Red Devils have a rich history of success," Rangers CEO and president Nolan Ryan said in a statement from the Winter Meetings in Dallas. "We are very pleased that we will be able to welcome their team to Arlington at the end of Spring Training."

Mexico City won its first two rounds in the playoffs this year before being swept in four games by the Quintana Roo Tigers in the championship series.

The club was led by league MVP and former Major League outfielder Luis Terrero, who hit .390 with 38 homers and 110 RBIs on the year. Other former Major Leaguers who appeared for the Red Devils last season include pitcher Elmer Dessens and infielders Jose Castillo and Luis Cruz.

The 7:05 p.m. CT contest will be one of three games (also against Triple-A Round Rock on April 2 and Double-A Frisco on April 4) the big league club will play in Texas to round out its 2012 Spring Training schedule. Ticket information for the game against Mexico City will be announced at a later date.

The Rangers, the two-time defending American League champions, open the regular season on April 6 against the White Sox.

Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak.‬ This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.