Time to go back to Texas.
Sam and I will be in Arlington this afternoon. The Yankees are working out at 6:30 ET, with some media availability beginning around 5.
Before Joe Girardi talks about his final rotation and roster decisions, Sam and I will be hosting a chat at 4 ET. We’ll talk about the pitching matchups and the lineups and the looming presence of Cliff Lee. We’ll do our best to answer as many questions as we can get to while hanging out at Rangers Ballpark.
It’s a familiar place for two of the Yankees top hitters. Mark Teixeira was drafted by the Rangers, and Alex Rodriguez signed his landmark deal with Texas before being traded to the Yankees.
“I went there many years ago with the intention of being in the position they’re in today,” Rodriguez said. “I think Nolan Ryan and their general manager and their manager have done a terrific job of bringing that great team to where it’s at today.”
A significant step in making the Rangers what they are today was trading Teixeira in a deal that brought the current Rangers shortstop and closer.
“It was definitely a rebuilding,” Teixeira said. “Jon Daniels, you give him all the credit in the world. He’s done a great job of rebuilding. He rebuilt into the best team in the American League West. I was a part of the rebuilding process, and I was on my way out.”
Associated Press photo of Rodriguez