The Texas Rangers are hosting the Philadelphia Phillies on Opening Day of the 2014 Major League Baseball season. The Phillies will send Cliff Lee (14-8, 2.87 ERA) to the mound to face Tanner Scheppers, a a converted setup man. Scheppers is making a bit of history becoming the first pitcher to make his first major league start in a season opener since Fernando Valenzuela in 1981 for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“I did not hear that stat. I guess there’s a stat for everything,” Scheppers said, via ESPN.
Scheppers was someone that the Rangers had planned on moving to the starting rotation, though this is a little sooner than expected.
“I have got little things here and there that are a little different,” Scheppers said. “Other than that, just go out and pitch.”
Date: Monday, March 31
Start Time: 2:05 p.m. ET
Location: Arlington, Texas
Stadium: Globe Life Park in Arlington
Pitching Match up: Lee vs Scheppers
TV Info: Fox Sports Southwest
Live Stream: MLB TV, Fox Sports Go
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