Rangers' Wilson, Reds' Volquez to start openers

C.J. Wilson and Edinson Volquez got the good news early: They'll be starting on opening day.

Wilson was picked to open the season for the defending AL champion Texas Rangers, and Volquez will start the first game of the season for the Cincinnati Reds.

"It's cool," Wilson said after Texas manager Ron Washington made the announcement Tuesday in Surprise, Ariz. "That gives me a chance to make 34 or 35 starts."

Wilson was 15-8 with a 3.35 ERA in a team-high 33 starts during the regular season last year. His finest moment came in Game 2 of the AL division series when he held Tampa Bay to two hits over 61/3 scoreless innings.

Wilson will face the Boston Red Sox on April 1. Volquez, 4-3 with a 4.31 ERA in 12 starts after returning from right elbow surgery, goes a day earlier against Milwaukee.


Justin Morneau took the field with his Minnesota Twins teammates for the first time since sustaining a concussion last July 7. The 2006 AL MVP was hurt in Toronto while sliding into second base to break up a double play.

Morneau said he plans to wear sunglasses throughout spring training in hopes of limiting the harmful effects bright sun can have on a person who has had a concussion. He prefers not to wear them in the field, but said he will do whatever it takes to keep improving.


Zack Greinke was looking forward to his first season with the Milwaukee Brewers following his trade from the Kansas City Royals.

"It's more fun to win games. Not saying we're guaranteed to win every game we play, just, it'll be a better chance and more than likely we'll win more games than I've won in any of my seasons prior, so it should be a fun season," he said.

The 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner is switching to No. 13 from No. 23. Rickie Weeks wears No. 23 on the Brewers.

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