NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- We're just now getting to the halfway point of the Winter Meetings -- three weeks before Christmas -- and it's time to start thinking about spring training.
Circle Feb. 12 on your calendar. That's the day that pitchers and catchers report to Surprise, Ariz., for spring training. The rest of the club has to be there by Feb. 15.
Texas will play a team record 38 spring training games, beginning Feb. 22 against the Kansas City Royals, the club's roommate in Surprise. The clubs will play each other four times. The schedule includes two games in Las Vegas against the Chicago Cubs March 16 and 17, a game against Mexico City at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on March 28 and a two-game weekend series vs. the San Diego Padres at the Alamodome in San Antonio March 29 and 30. Friday's game will be at 7:05 p.m. and Saturday's game features a 1:05 p.m. first pitch.
The Rangers will play 33 games in Arizona, featuring 18 home games at Surprise Stadium/Billy Parker Field. Texas will host the Chicago White Sox (twice), the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland A's, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants and Seattle Mariners.
Texas will have night games (6:05 MT) at home March 18 vs. Kansas City and March 21 vs. the Angels. All other Rangers games will be at 1:05 p.m. MT.
Individual ticket prices at Surprise:
Lower dugout: $27
Upper dugout: $24
Full season packages are available and go on sale Monday, Dec. 17. Those interested can call 623-222-2222 or visit www.surprisespringtraining.com