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Thursday, March 21, 2013
Lineups: Nelson Cruz back from WBC

By Ron Matejko

SURPRISE, Ariz.--The Texas Rangers (12-12-2) look to get back into the win column when they host the Los Angeles Angels (6-13-4) on Thursday at Surprise Stadium at 8:05 p.m. CT. The Rangers were off Wednesday. In their last game Tuesday, they lost, 5-4, to the Chicago Cubs at HoHoKam Stadium.

OF Nelson Cruz is back in the Rangers lineup for the first time since returning from playing with the Dominican Republic, who won the World Baseball Classic. Today's lineup is the first opportunity to see the possible batting order for Opening Day.

The game also marks the first time former Rangers OF Josh Hamilton will face his former teammates. Hamilton left Texas as a free agent during the offseason and signed a 5-year, $123 million contract with the Angels.

Rangers lineup:

2B Ian Kinsler
SS Elvis Andrus
DH Lance Berkman
3B Adrian Beltre
RF Nelson Cruz
LF David Murphy
C A.J. Pierzynski
1B Mitch Moreland
CF Leonys Martin

RHP Derek Lowe
RHP Ben Rowen
RHP Josh Lindblom
RHP Coty Woods
RHP Johan Yan
RHP Tanner Scheppers

Angels lineup:

LF Mike Trout
SS Erick Aybar
1B Albert Pujols
RF Josh Hamilton
DH Mark Trumbo
2B Howie Kendrick
3B Alberto Callaspo
C Hank Conger
CF Peter Bourjos

RHP Jerome Williams