ARLINGTON -- Mitch Moreland was one of the first Rangers to hit the batting cage for early work on Friday morning. Despite not being in the Opening Day lineup, Moreland was ready to go to work. "Opening Day ... it's great. ... We have a season to kick off," Moreland said. This is the second straight year Moreland has not been in the Opening Day lineup. He was on the bench last year with left-hander Jon Lester on the mound for the Red Sox and again on Friday with left-hander John Danks pitching for the White Sox.
Manager Ron Washington wanted Yorvit Torrealba's right-handed bat in the lineup against Danks and explained the situation to Moreland on Thursday. Moreland said he was not disappointed. "No, not at all," Moreland said. "I'm here to help the team anyway I can. If it means sitting and getting the key hit late in the game, I'll be ready no matter what."