Rangers gear up for 10-game road trip

Rangers gear up for 10-game road trip

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are on their way to Toronto following their Sunday night game with the Rays at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The Rangers were bracing for a 4 a.m. ET arrival in Toronto and look at getting to their downtown hotel just as the sun is coming up.

That's why Yu Darvish, who is starting on Monday, flew to Toronto on Sunday afternoon ahead of the team. The Rangers played on Sunday night because they were on the Sunday night game on ESPN.

"I would have rather played a day game, rather than get up to Toronto at 4 a.m.," manager Ron Washington said. "If it were in the United States, we would get there earlier. But we have to go through customs. Going through customs, they're probably going to mess with us and keep us up a while."

This is the Rangers' second road trip and one of their longest of the season. They have ten games in 11 days, beginning with three in Toronto. After an off-day on Thursday, the Rangers have a three-game weekend series in Cleveland, followed by four games in Baltimore. The Rangers won't be back in Arlington until May 11 against the Angels.

The Rangers went 8-1 on their first road trip, matching their best record for any road trip of seven-plus games in club history. Rangers pitchers had a 2.41 ERA during that road trip.

"Awesome pitching," Washington said. "We put some runs on the board, but it was the pitching. They shut down some pretty good offenses. We loosened up on the basepaths and played great defense, but it was the pitching. It was awesome."