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Rangers to play 33 games in spring training, open vs. Royals

The Texas Rangers will play 16 games at Surprise Stadium next spring, and be the home team for 14 of them.
The Texas Rangers will play 16 games at Surprise Stadium next spring, and be the home team for 14 of them. Star-Telegram

Spring training games are only three months away for the Texas Rangers, who will open the Cactus League schedule March 2 against the defending world champions.

The Rangers will play 33 spring games, 29 in Arizona, the first two of which are against the Kansas City Royals, their Surprise Recreation Campus cohabitants who won the World Series last month.

Those teams will also play games March 18-19 in San Antonio as part of the Big League Weekend at the Alamodome. Tickets are available at texasrangers.com/exhibition, and tickets for home games in Arizona go on sale Dec. 12.

The final spring game in Arizona is scheduled for March 30 against the Royals.

The Rangers will close their spring slate with two games against the Cleveland Indians on April 1-2 at Globe Life Park. The Rangers begin defense of the American League West title April 4 with the season opener against the Seattle Mariners at Globe Life Park.

Odor honored

Rougned Odor, who was demoted to Triple A Round Rock in May to find his big-league form, won the Richard Durrett Hardest-Working Man Award in voting by the local chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Odor was batting .144 when he was sent to the minors, but he returned as one of the most productive Rangers hitters. The second baseman batted .357 in his first 44 games back and finished with a .261 average, 16 homers and 61 RBIs.

Toy drive

The Rangers are participating in the Cowboy Santas Toy Drive, benefiting low-income families in Tarrant County, for the fifth consecutive year.

Anyone wishing to donate new unwrapped toys and books can do so through Dec. 15 at the Grand Slam Gift Shop at Globe Life Park, the Rangers team store in downtown Fort Worth, and at all Fort Worth police and fire departments.

The drive will conclude with a final push Dec. 15 at Globe Life Park from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Catcher Robinson Chirinos and his wife, Heidi, are serving as the honorary chairpersons.

Rangers spring schedule

 

Date

Opponent

Site

Time

M 2

*at Royals

Surprise Stadium

2:05 p.m.

M 3

at Royals

Surprise Stadium

2:05 p.m.

M 4

vs. Dodgers

Surprise Stadium

2:05 p.m.

M 5

at Giants (ss)

Scottsdale Stadium

2:05 p.m.

M 6

vs. Mariners

Surprise Stadium

2:05 p.m.

M 7

vs. Giants

Surprise Stadium

2:05 p.m.

M 8

at A’s

Hohokam Park

2:05 p.m.

M 9

at Reds

Goodyear Stadium

2:05 p.m.

M 10

vs. White Sox (ss)

Surprise Stadium

2:05 p.m.

M 11

at Brewers

Maryvale Park

2:05 p.m.

M 12

vs. A’s

Surprise Stadium

2:05 p.m.

M 13

at Angels

Diablo Stadium

3:05 p.m.

M 14

at Indians

Goodyear Stadium

3:05 p.m.

M 15

vs. Indians

Surprise Stadium

3:05 p.m.

M 16

Open

M 17

vs. Brewers

Surprise Stadium

8:05 p.m.

M 18

at Mariners

Peoria Sports Complex

3:05 p.m.

vs. Royals (ss)

Alamodome

7:05 p.m.

M 19

at D’backs

Salt River Fields

3:05 p.m.

Royals (ss)

Alamodome

2:05 p.m.

M 20

vs. Angels

Surprise Stadium

3:05 p.m.

M 21

vs. Rockies

Surprise Stadium

3:05 p.m.

M 22

at Padres

Peoria Sports Complex

3:05 p.m.

M 23

vs. Cubs

Surprise Stadium

3:05 p.m.

M 24

vs. Reds

Surprise Stadium

3:05 p.m.

at A’s

Hohokam Park

9:05 p.m.

M 25

vs. Padres

Surprise Stadium

8:05 p.m.

M 26

at Rockies

Salt River Fields

3:05 p.m.

M 27

vs. D’backs (ss)

Surprise Stadium

1:05 p.m.

M 28

at Dodgers

Camelback Ranch

9:05 p.m.

M 29

at White Sox

Camelback Ranch

3:05 p.m.

M 30

vs. Royals

Surprise Stadium

2:05 p.m.

M 31

Open

A 1

vs. Indians

Globe Life Park

7:05 p.m.

A 2

vs. Indians

Globe Life Park

1:05 p.m.

*-charity game

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