Rangers announce 2012 opening season rotation

Surprise, AZ—Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington announced today that right-hander Colby Lewis will be the starting pitcher when the club opens its 2012 season on Friday, April 6 against the Chicago White Sox at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

It will be the first opening day start for Lewis, who was 14-10 with a 4.40 ERA in 32 starts with the Rangers in 2011. This marks the fourth consecutive year that Texas has had a different opening day starting pitcher: Kevin Millwood in 2009, Scott Feldman in 2010, and C.J. Wilson in 2011. Millwood was on the mound for four straight openers from 2006-09.

Left-handers Derek Holland and Matt Harrison will start the final two games of the White Sox series on Saturday and Sunday, April 7-8. Right-hander Yu Darvish is scheduled to make his major league debut when the Rangers open a four-game series with the Seattle Mariners on Monday, April 9. Righthander Neftali Feliz completes the rotation and is set to make his first big league start on Tuesday, April 10 versus the Mariners.

RANGERS CURRENT TICKET AVAILABILITY

The Rangers opener on Friday, April 6 vs. the White Sox (1:05 p.m.) is a complete sellout. There are approximately 4,500 tickets remaining for the Saturday, April 7 game with Chicago (7:05 p.m.) and approximately 10,000 tickets remaining for the Sunday, April 8 game against the White Sox (7:05 p.m.).

As of today, there are plenty of seats remaining for the opener of the Seattle series on Monday, April 9 (7:05 p.m.), which is the scheduled major league debut for Yu Darvish. However, those tickets are expected to go quickly. The Rangers also announced today that individual tickets in the new Batter’s Eye Club have just gone on sale for the Monday, April 9 game.

Tickets for all 2012 Rangers home games can be purchased at texasrangers.com, by calling 972.RANGERS, or at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington West Box Office.

SEASON TICKET UPDATE

As of today, the Rangers have sold over 20,650 full season ticket equivalents for the 2012 season. It is the first time the club has ever surpassed the 20,000 mark in full season ticket equivalents for a year, and the current figure is more than 7,000 over the FSE total at this time a year ago.

Full, half, and partial season ticket packages are still available for the 2012 season. More information can be found at texasrangers.com or by calling 972.RANGERS.