2012 Rangers timeline: Spring training
Feb. 8: The Rangers sign Elvis Andrus to a three-year deal, tying him up through his arbitration years. The deal is worth $14.4 million.
Feb. 21: Yu Darvish arrives in Surprise, Ariz., with plenty of television cameras and Japanese media in attendance. He threw 30 pitches in a bullpen session to catcher Luis Martinez, who was impressed (and became a famous face in Japan).
Feb. 24: Hamilton, speaking for the first time at spring training, says he doesn’t feel like he owes the Rangers a hometown discount. He later clarifies his remarks, saying he wants to stay in Texas if a deal can be worked out and that the Rangers will get the first crack at him in free agency.
Feb. 29: MLB announces it will investigate the Rangers’ agreement with Dominican teenager Jairo Beras amid concerns about his age. The Rangers believe he’s 17 years old and can be signed. Rival teams and MLB thought he was 16.
March 2: Darvish makes first appearance in a game environment in an intrasquad game. It had to be the most well-attended intrasquad game ever on a back field in Surprise.
March 7: Darvish makes his first Cactus League start, throwing two scoreless innings with three strikeouts while allowing two doubles. He pitched in front of about 100 media members.
March 15: Minor league games begin in Surprise, but even before that Jurickson Profar turns heads with his play in the field and with his bat.
March 16: Mike Napoli, who was sidelined with tightness in his groin, was back in the lineup in Cactus League games.
March 20: Derek Holland and the Rangers agree to a five-year, $28.5 million deal with two option years that should make him a part of the rotation for the long haul. Signing up Holland for seven years shows the faith the club has in the young left-hander, and Holland’s willingness to put two club options shows how badly he wants to be in Texas.
March 25: Robbie Ross continues a strong spring training and pushes for a spot on the club. He didn’t allow a run on one hit in two innings of work against the Angels.
March 29: The club announces its rotation and puts Darvish fourth, against the Seattle Mariners in Arlington. The rotation: Colby Lewis, Holland, Matt Harrison, Darvish, Feliz.
March 30: Darvish dominates the Colorado Rockies, throwing 98 pitches in six innings and allowing three runs on six hits with a walk and 11 strikeouts in his final spring start.
April 1: Ross makes the club as the rookie ends up out-pitching the other left-handed candidates in camp.
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Play Podcast Rangers GM Jon Daniels joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to tackle the tough questions after his team failed to advance to the playoffs.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss having Nelson Cruz back in the lineup and how the Rangers are feeling heading into their wild-card play-in game against the Rays.
Play Podcast ESPN Insider and senior MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the wild-card race and the Rangers' chances of making the playoffs.
Play Podcast Chuck Cooperstein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why he feels Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish isn't an ace.
Play Podcast Elvis Andrus joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Rangers' stretch run and the morale level in their clubhouse.
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Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Rangers' dismal September, who's to blame for their September struggles and his status as the team's manager.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss how some people are calling for the Rangers to fire manager Ron Washington.