Mike Minor to be Opening Day Starter for Rangers

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Mike Minor is scheduled to be the pitcher for the Texas Rangers on opening day according to the Associated Press.

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Mike Minor has been tabbed the opening day starter for the Texas Rangers, who last year gave the left-hander the opportunity to start again.

New Rangers manager Chris Woodward announced the decision Sunday.

Woodward says Minor earned it by how he pitched last season and by now setting a tone in spring training with his attitude and work ethic.

Texas Rangers pitcher Mike Minor throws against the Cleveland Indians during the second inning of a spring training baseball game Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Texas opens at home March 28 opener at home against the Chicago Cubs.

Minor was 12-8 with a 4.18 ERA last season, when he led the Rangers with his 12 wins and 157 innings. That more than doubled his 2017 workload as a full-time reliever in Kansas City. He was starter for the Atlanta Braves from 2010-14. Minor missed the 2015 and 2016 seasons following surgery for a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

This will be his first opening day start for Mike Minor.

The Rangers are starting their final season in the current Globe Life Park. The stadium opened in April of 1994. It replaced Arlington Stadium which the Washington Senators moved into in 1972, and were re-named the Texas Rangers.

A new stadium is being built nearby with a retractable roof.  Reports are the roof can be opened or closed in a matter of just over 10 minutes. It’s likely when the weather is dry the roof will be open in April and May and closed during the hot summer months. Another plus will be the air conditioning which will make watching the game a lot more comfortable in the heat of the Texas Summer. The new stadium will employ a special version of synthetic turf, instead of the real grass at their current stadium. The Rangers will be the fourth of the 30 major league baseball teams to play on synthetic turf.

The new stadium being built across the street from their current location will open in 2020.

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