When Yu Darvish pitched only one inning this spring before season-ending elbow surgery, the Texas Rangers were already off to an ominous start. The Rangers lost their ace even before what they are still hoping will be a comeback season. The aching result for the Rangers was the American League’s worst record (67-95) and their most losses since 1985, ending an impressive four-year run of 90-win seasons with their only two World Series appearances (2010-11). As for the top of the rotation without him, the January trade to get local pitcher Yovani Gallardo proved even more important.

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A revamped lineup and change in attitude has the Boston Red Sox looking to repeat a feat they performed just two seasons ago when they went from worst to World Series champions. Like the hip-hop song they blasted in their locker room after the 2013 division and World Series titles were clinched in Fenway Park, the Red Sox started at the bottom. We’re just having fun.” During this past offseason, GM Ben Cherington looked to grow a weak offense that finished 11th in the AL in scoring. Cherington spent $88 million to sign Hanley Ramirez, who began in the organization’s minor league system before stints with Miami and Los Angeles, and signed third baseman Pablo Sandoval to a five-year, $95 million deal.

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A look at what’s happening around spring training in Florida and Arizona Thursday: — TOUGH JAW Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is set to start against the White Sox at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona. READY TO GO Adam Wainwright will make his second spring start when St. Louis hosts Henderson Alvarez and the Marlins in Jupiter, Florida. Wainwright was sidelined for about a month with an abdominal strain, but he is still on track to get the ball on opening night April 5 for the Cardinals at the Chicago Cubs.

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A look at what’s happening around spring training in Florida and Arizona today:

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Long before any of that major league money starts landing in their bank accounts, most players are in a similar predicament as everyone else in the regular workforce. Between baseball seasons there are no paychecks and bills don’t stop for the winter. ”Especially the guys who got picked in the 10th round and above,” Minnesota Twins reliever Casey Fien said. The right arm that would eventually fetch Fien a $1.38 million salary from the Twins for 2015 was once used for stacking crates, pallets and boxes at the bulk retail giant’s location in San Luis Obispo, California.

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Two days after being told he would not be the Tigers’ opening day starter, Justin Verlander gave up three home runs in less than five innings of a 7-7 tie Sunday between Detroit’s split squad and the Washington Nationals. ”I have work to do on my slider,” Verlander said. I still have some tinkering to do before opening day.” Michael Taylor had two homers for the Nationals, giving him three for the spring. Ian Stewart also homered off of Verlander.

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Matthew Pouliot looks at the best and worst value picks from the starting pitching ranks.

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Max Scherzer will start the Washington Nationals’ opener on April 6 against the New York Mets, not Stephen Strasburg. ”It’s going to be real exciting,” Scherzer said Monday. ”It’s a great honor to be able to start opening day, especially for this club, and especially on this staff. There are bigger and better things I want to check off.” Starting a $210 million, seven-year contract, Scherzer will be making his first opening-day start.

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Detroit sluggers Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez welcomed their first Grapefruit League at-bats of the season. Cabrera, who had offseason surgery to remove a bone spur from his right ankle and repair a stress fracture in his right foot, went 1 for 3 with a single and two strikeouts in a split-squad tie game against the Nationals. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Cabrera would be a designated hitter Tuesday. He didn’t make any guarantees whether Cabrera would be ready for opening day, but said the odds were better than 50-50.

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Adam Wainwright pitched four innings of four-hit ball in his spring training debut, and the St. Louis Cardinals scored in the bottom of the ninth to beat an Atlanta Braves’ split squad 1-0 Saturday. Wainwright allowed four hits, walked one and struck out three in a spring debut that had been delayed because he suffered a mild abdominal strain early in camp. On a high chopper hit toward him, Wainwright took a quick step before he heard manager Mike Matheny from the dugout. Matheny admitted he yelled at Wainwright to stop, but added: Of course, that’s like harnessing the wind.” Wainwright said he will be ready to start April 5, opening night at Wrigley Field.

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