SURPRISE, Ariz.--The Texas Rangers (2-7-1) will enjoy their first off day of the spring schedule on Tuesday.
Spring training games began two weeks early this season because of the World Baseball Classic. Tuesday's off day will mark the first since opening the spring slate on Feb. 22. The team will enjoy two more breaks in the schedule on the two following Wednesdays -- March 13 and 20.
"I'm not telling anyone to come in here, because I won't be here," manager Ron Washington said.
The Rangers resume the Cactus League schedule on Wednesday, when they conclude a spring-high, three-game homestand against the Chicago Cubs.
Other game notes:
3B Adrian Beltre will make his spring debut Monday and is slated to receive three at-bats. He will initially be placed on the same every-other-day playing schedule that was implemented last week when Lance Berkman returned from his calf issue.
The Rangers offense will be bolstered by Beltre's return but the team was on a productive run prior to today. Texas struggled out of the gate this spring, but has since erupted by scoring more than six runs in the last four games after failing to do so in their first six contests.
Mitch Moreland returns to the lineup Monday after a scheduled day off. The first baseman certainly hopes the brief rest won't cool his bat, as he has hit safely with a run scored in three straight (4-for-9, .444 avg.) with two home runs and five RBIs.
Josh Lindblom threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning Sunday, his first clean frame of the spring. He has not allowed a run in his last two appearances after doing so in each of his first two outings.
RHP Johan Yan performed well when called into duty Sunday after Martin Perez was removed during the sixth inning due to injury when he was hit by a line drive. Yan stepped in with the bases loaded and no outs but limited the slugging Seattle Mariners to just one run on a sacrifice fly.
Aaron Cunningham has seen sporadic playing time but is making the most of his opportunities. The 26-year-old outfielder enters Monday's game 5-for-13 (.385), and had a pair of extra-base hits Sunday -- his first home run and a double.
After a slow start, Julio Borbon is making noise as one of three players engaged in a battle for the starting center field job. Borbon went 2-for-2 Sunday and now owns a three-game hit/RBI streak. He is competing with Craig Gentry and Leonys Martin for the starting nod.
Texas batted 0-for-6 with the bases loaded Sunday and left the bags full in the third, fourth and ninth innings while stranding 13 runners for the game.
Monday's matchup marks the first of five times that Texas and San Diego will meet this spring.