Rangers spring break: The Americanization of Leonys Martin

03/21/2014 9:21 PM

11/12/2014 4:20 PM

Living in America

Leonys Martin is becoming more Americanized every day. The Cuban defector has daily conversations in English and is in touch with today’s pop culture.

Martin, 26, credits teammates such as Elvis Andrus and Nelson Cruz for helping him adjust to the American lifestyle, as well as his wife, Yaimira.

“She speaks very good English and helps me practice every single day,” Martin said. “As she tells me, ‘you can’t feel shy when you speak it.’ ”

Martin went through his favorite American music, movie and TV shows as he enters his fourth season with the Rangers’ organization.

•  Music: “I love Usher, especially his song Confessions. I want to go see him in concert, maybe next off-season I’ll go. I don’t know where yet, but I want to see him. I also like Drake, Lil Wayne and Bruno Mars.”
•  Movie: “My favorite movie is Bad Boys II with Martin Lawrence and Will Smith. It’s really good.”
•  TV: “I love the Discovery Channel. They always have good shows and I like the ones that track the police.”

Telling number

3 Home runs by Prince Fielder this spring, the leader in camp. He homered in consecutive games Thursday and Friday, sending a two-run shot over the right-center-field fence in the sixth inning against his former team, the Brewers.

He said it

“That day you feel like a little kid when you wait every week to play baseball … that’s how I feel about Opening Day. Butterflies in your stomach, it’s one of the best feelings.” — Elvis Andrus on why he’ll be ready Opening Day

Words of Wash

“I’m one of them mind over matter guys. It’s my mind and the neck don’t matter.” — Ron Washington, on how he gets over his personal neck stiffness

Injury report

RHP Yu Darvish (stiff neck): Scratched from scheduled minor league start Friday. Day to day.

1B/OF Mitch Moreland (tightness in left oblique muscle): Expects to be in lineup early next week.

SS Elvis Andrus (soreness right forearm): Cleared to begin throwing program but still a week away from returning to the field during games. Took at-bats during minor league game Friday.

INF Brent Lillibridge (tight right hamstring): Day to day.

OF Shin-Soo Choo (left elbow soreness): Long-tossing at 150 feet and playing games as designated hitter.

LHP Matt Harrison (lower back stiffness): Reported no issues over 1 2/3 innings in first “A” game Monday. Scheduled to throw three innings Sunday against San Diego.

LHP Derek Holland (microfracture surgery on left knee): Scheduled for bullpen session April 2.

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