Rangers return eight starters

Rangers return eight starters

Rangers return eight starters
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers' lineup on Opening Day included eight starters who were in the Opening Day lineup last season. The only change was David Murphy in left instead of Julio Borbon in center. Josh Hamilton started in center, otherwise the other seven were playing the same positions they were last season on Opening Day.

"The one thing that strikes me about that is they know what they are doing," manager Ron Washington said. "They've done it before. There's no panic. They just go out and do what they know how to do. That's comforting."

The last time the Rangers had eight of nine starters in the same lineup for Opening Day was 1987-88. The only change back then was Don Slaught at catcher in 1987 and Geno Petralli in 1988.

Nelson Cruz made his fourth straight Opening Day start in right field. He is the first Rangers player to start four straight seasons in right field since Ruben Sierra started six straight in 1987-92. Ian Kinsler started at second base for the sixth time on Opening Day, a new club record at that position. Bump Wills had five starts at second.