Banister mum on Rangers' Opening Day lineup

Banister mum on Rangers' Opening Day lineup

OAKLAND -- The Rangers will take one final mystery into Opening Day. Manager Jeff Banister declined to reveal his batting order for the first game on Sunday.

"When I post it for the players, that's when I will make it public," Banister said.

The players are known. Robinson Chirinos will be behind the plate with Prince Fielder at first, Rougned Odor at second, Elvis Andrus at short and Adrian Beltre at third. Shin-Soo Choo will be in right, Leonys Martin will be in center and Ryan Rua will be in left. Mitch Moreland is the designated hitter.

The middle of the order behind Martin and Andrus is unknown. Choo could either bat third ahead of Beltre and Fielder or he could bat fifth behind them. Also it's unknown in what order Banister will use Fielder and Beltre. Banister used multiple combinations in Spring Training.

The bottom of the order is expected to be Rua in the sixth spot followed by Moreland, Chirinos and Odor.

"I wouldn't speculate on anything," Banister said. "We looked at a few lineups at the end. I wouldn't speculate on that at all."

Worth noting:

• Reliever Tanner Scheppers, who will start the season on the disabled list because of a sprained ankle, threw a scoreless inning pitching for Triple-A Round Rock in a scrimmage against Double-A Frisco on Sunday. He allowed one hit and struck out two over 21 pitches.

• The Rangers made an effort to add a left-handed reliever before rosters had to be set on Sunday, but didn't get anything done.

Said general manager Jon Daniels, "We did have some conversations about bullpen options, but it didn't materialize. There was nothing down to the wire. We're going to get going tomorrow and give the 'pen a chance to gell. There is some potential help coming from within. We'll take it from there."

Derek Holland also pitched in the Minor League intrasquad game. Holland, who is scheduled to pitch the home opener on Friday, went 5 1/3 innings for Frisco and allowed one run on five hits, a walk and eight strikeouts. The only run was a home run by Kyle Blanks. Holland threw 94 pitches, and will join the Rangers on Monday in Oakland.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.