Surprise Six: Rangers lose spring opener

March, 4, 2012
3/04/12
6:43
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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals kicked off their Cactus League seasons in front of 7,158 fans. That's a record for the first day of spring training in Surprise. Here are six things from Sunday:

1. Mitch Moreland hit a home run as the Rangers lost 6-1 to the Royals. The homer is a good sign for Moreland, who had surgery on his right wrist this offseason. He made a good swing and punched the ball out. Read about Moreland and others who made a mark in the first spring game.

2. Michael Kirkman's line didn't look great, but he made some good pitches to left-handed hitters and likes the approach he's taking.

3. Rangers manager Ron Washington said the club won't hide Yu Darvish from any AL teams.

4. Matt West says he's ready to start rehab on the sprained ligament in his elbow. Click here for that and all the injury updates.

5. Julio Borbon is one of the center field candidates and he hopes his play at winter ball and a relaxed attitude will help him perform better.

6. LHP Mike Gonzalez declined a non-roster offer from the Rangers and here's some video of Matt Harrison and what he thinks heading into 2012.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Adrian Beltre
BA HR RBI R
.324 19 77 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
WC. Lewis 10
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182