Wash opts for experience in opening lineup

ARLINGTON, Texas -- There were just two unanswered questions for manager Ron Washington in his Opening Day lineup: Who would start at second base for Jurickson Profar and which player would get the start at designated hitter with left-hander Cliff Lee on the mound?

Washington went with experience in making his selections, tabbing the left-handed hitting Mitch Moreland over right-hander Michael Choice for DH and Josh Wilson at second base over newest Ranger Donnie Murphy.

"He's been with me since February," Washington said of Wilson, who is making his first Opening Day start in his big league career, which started with an 11-game stint for the Marlins in 2005. "They both will get playing time. But Josh has been here since February."

Wilson has impressed the manager since the competition for the utility infield spot began in Surprise, Ariz., in mid-February.

"He can catch the ball," Washington said. "He's aware of situations in the baseball game. He knows how to play baseball. That's what I like about him."

Washington wanted to give Moreland a chance against Lee, but stressed that it was an Opening Day lineup and that things could change as the week progresses. That would include getting Choice in the lineup, likely against a couple of left-handed starters for Tampa Bay on the road this weekend.

The skipper put Wilson at the bottom, breaking up his lefties throughout the order.

Full lineup:

LF Shin-Soo Choo (L)

SS Elvis Andrus

1B Prince Fielder (L)

3B Adrian Beltre

RF Alex Rios

DH Mitch Moreland (L)

C J.P. Arencibia

CF Leonys Martin (L)

2B Josh Wilson