Scott Feldman has been named the Opening Day starter for the Rangers. Feldman will be the 1st JML to toe the slab on Opening Day since Steve Stone in 1981 for the Orioles. Stone also got the nod for the White Sox in 1978.
Other Opening Day starters of yesteryear include Dave Roberts on the Tigers in 1977 and Astros in 1973-74, Ken Holtzman on the A's in 1972, Joe Horlen on the White Sox in 1968, and Saul Rogovin on the White Sox in 1953.
Believe it or not, Sandy Koufax was only once named the Opening Day starter for the Dodgers in his storied career (1964). Johnny Podres, Don Drysdale, and Claude Osteen beat him out every other year. Bit of a slight, if you ask me.
Ryan Braun is experiencing some tightness in his lower back. The Brewers are playing it safe and will keep him out of the lineup this weekend.
Adam Stern was 1-1 with 2 runs scored and 1 SB (his 3rd) against the Rangers.
Brad Ausmus was 0-1 with 1 RBI against the Mariners.
Josh Whitesell was 0-0 with 1 BB against the Braves.
Sam Fuld was used as a defensive replacement against the Padres.
Jason Marquis picked up his 2nd loss of the Spring. However, it was definitely his best outing to date. Marquis pitched 5 2/3 innings and gave up 2 runs on 8 hits, 2 BBs, and 2 Ks against the Braves.