Lineups: Nelson Cruz back from WBC

SURPRISE, Ariz.--The Texas Rangers (12-12-2) look to get back into the win column when they host the Los Angeles Angels (6-13-4) on Thursday at Surprise Stadium at 8:05 p.m. CT. The Rangers were off Wednesday. In their last game Tuesday, they lost, 5-4, to the Chicago Cubs at HoHoKam Stadium.

OF Nelson Cruz is back in the Rangers lineup for the first time since returning from playing with the Dominican Republic, who won the World Baseball Classic. Today's lineup is the first opportunity to see the possible batting order for Opening Day.

The game also marks the first time former Rangers OF Josh Hamilton will face his former teammates. Hamilton left Texas as a free agent during the offseason and signed a 5-year, $123 million contract with the Angels.

Rangers lineup:

2B Ian Kinsler

SS Elvis Andrus

DH Lance Berkman

3B Adrian Beltre

RF Nelson Cruz

LF David Murphy

C A.J. Pierzynski

1B Mitch Moreland

CF Leonys Martin


RHP Derek Lowe

RHP Ben Rowen

RHP Josh Lindblom

RHP Coty Woods

RHP Johan Yan

RHP Tanner Scheppers

Angels lineup:

LF Mike Trout

SS Erick Aybar

1B Albert Pujols

RF Josh Hamilton

DH Mark Trumbo

2B Howie Kendrick

3B Alberto Callaspo

C Hank Conger

CF Peter Bourjos


RHP Jerome Williams