Rangers vs Royals LIVE: Starting Lineups, Pitching Tandems, Injury Report

The Texas Rangers look to avoid the sweep against the Kansas City Royals on Easter Sunday.
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Texas Rangers (0-2) at Kansas City Royals (2-0)

Sunday, April 4, 2021
1:10 PM CT
Kauffman Stadium | Kansas City, MO
Forecast: High 81°F, Sunny

TEX: RHP Jordan Lyles (0-0, -.-- ERA)
KC: RHP Brady Singer (0-0, -.-- ERA)


Texas Rangers
TV: Bally Sports Southwest
Radio: 105.3 The Fan, KFLC

Kansas City Royals
TV: Bally Sports Kansas City
Radio: KCSP

Texas Rangers Starting Lineup

  1. SS Isiah Kiner-Falefa
  2. LF David Dahl
  3. RF Joey Gallo
  4. DH Nate Lowe
  5. 2B Nick Solak
  6. 1B Ronald Guzmán
  7. 3B Brock Holt
  8. C Jonah Heim
  9. CF Leody Taveras

Kansas City Royals Starting Lineup

  1. 2B Whit Merrifield
  2. LF Andrew Benintendi
  3. 1B Carlos Santana
  4. C Salvador Perez
  5. DH Jorge Soler
  6. CF Michael A. Taylor
  7. RF Kyle Isbel
  8. 3B Hanser Alberto
  9. SS Nicky Lopez

Rangers Pitching Tandem

On Sunday, the Rangers will deploy one of their pitching tandems for the first time this season. Jordan Lyles will get the start for the Rangers, and will be followed by Wes Benjamin.

In the tandem set up, both pitchers will be limited in some capacity, whether it's by a pitch count, innings limit, or times through the opposing batting order. Manager Chris Woodward did indicate that Lyles may get a bit of a longer leash because of 1) his ability to pitch unlimited innings; 2) how much the Rangers have had to utilize the bullpen in the first two games of the season.

Woodward also indicated that the game situation could dictate how Lyles and Benjamin are deployed. If he feels a "bridge pitcher" is needed between the two for an inning, Woodward can do that to help save the bullpen as well.

Rangers Injury Report

10-Day Injured List

  • Brock Burke (left shoulder surgery in 2020): The Rangers like his progress, which is slow and steady.
  • Willie Calhoun (left groin strain): Logged nine at-bats in a simulated game on Sunday in Surprise, and will continue to DH in camp games in the coming days.
  • Khris Davis (Grade 2 left quad strain): Davis is over a week into a 3-4 week prognosis. He has begun a light rehab, but has yet to participate in any baseball activity.
  • Demarcus Evans (right lat strain): Evans is throwing bullpens and is scheduled to appear in upcoming minor league games in Arizona. His exact timetable is still undetermined.
  • Sam Huff (Grade 2 hamstring strain): Huff is progressing well and is in the latter stages of his rehab. He will undergo one more MRI and the club will make their determination from there.
  • Brett Martin (lower-back tightness): Martin has been able to get back into game action with three Cactus League appearances. He is about one week behind Opening Day.
  • Joely Rodríguez (sprained ankle): Rodríguez threw a live BP on Monday and is progressing well. He will not likely be ready until mid-April.

60-Day Injured List

  • Jonathan Hernández (low-grade UCL sprain): Hernández will have a four-week follow-up MRI next week, at which point next steps will be determined.
  • José Leclerc (Tommy John surgery): Leclerc underwent successful Tommy John surgery on Wednesday, which was performed by team physician Dr. Keith Meister. He will be sidelined for approximately 12-14 months.

Other Rangers Injuries

  • Josh Jung (left foot stress fracture): Jung had successful surgery last Monday, and is back in Arizona beginning his rehab. His estimated recovery time is 6-8 weeks.

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Chris Halicke covers the Texas Rangers for InsideTheRangers.com. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisHalicke.
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