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SURPRISE, Ariz. Mike Bibby Jersey . -- The Texas Rangers say ace Yu Darvish has no structural damage in his stiff neck but will likely begin the season on the disabled list. Darvish was examined Wednesday by Dr. Keith Meister in Dallas. The right-hander will start a throwing program this weekend and wont need any injections. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels says he expects Darvish will be put on the 15-day DL. The Rangers open Monday at home against Philadelphia. "I would think so, yes," Daniels said. "Thats kind of where its headed. Were looking at 10 days already. He will play catch Saturday and if he continues to improve, then well put a plan together from there." "Thats going to be two weeks. Hes not going to ready to break. Its a relief thats its positive news from the exam," he said. Darvish led the majors in strikeouts last year. With him out, Tanner Scheppers will start the season opener. Scheppers will be making his first big league start after 115 relief appearances. "Scheppers is making his first big league start on opening day," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "Hes profiled as a No. 1 kind of guy. The innings he pitched last year were under a lot of pressure and I think he can handle the pressure that goes along with opening day." The Rangers said Nick Martinez will be their No. 5 starter to begin the season. He has pitched in just five games above Class A. Martin Perez will start the second game and Robbie Ross the third and Joe Saunders the fourth, giving the Rangers four left-handers to start the season. None of the five was in the Texas rotation to start last year. Martinez, a right-hander, was not even in the big league camp. He finished last season 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA with Double-A Frisco. He was 12-7 with a 2.50 ERA last year between Myrtle Beach and Frisco. "Martinez gives us an opportunity," Washington said. "He has the stuff to pitch at the major league level. I think its on us to make certain to keep him in the mental state that he needs to be in. I think he can go out there and hold that spot down until we get Colby (Lewis) and Harry (Matt Harrison) back." Harrison, an 18-game winner in 2012, is rehabbing from a neck injury. Derek Holland will start the season on the DL because of knee surgery and Lewis is recovering from forearm and hip issues. "We, maybe not you, but we feel confident that we are going to be competitive and are going to win some ballgames," he said. The 23-year-old Martinez, 23, was an 18th-round pick in 2011 out of Fordham. "Weve had a number of injuries to our pitching staff," Daniels said. "Its obviously a little quicker than we anticipated with Nick. Given the injuries and looking at our options, we had the most confidence in Nick. There was an opportunity for someone to seize it." "As an organization, we feel Nicks the right guy for that opportunity," he said. "Nicks got three solid pitches, four really, plus command and has tremendous makeup. Hes an athlete, a shortstop-second baseman in college. Hes been durable. Hes smart. Hes poised. He attacks the strike zone." The Rangers made a series of roster moves. They signed right-hander Scott Baker, who was released by Seattle, to a Triple-A Round Rock contract. The 32-year-old Baker has a 63-48 record with a 4.14 ERA in 160 big league games. Texas claimed two players off waivers, getting infielder Donnie Murphy from the Cubs and right-hander Seth Rosin from the Dodgers. Rosin is a Rule 5 draft pick and must remain on the 25-man major league roster all season or be offered back to Philadelphia. Murphy can play second base, shortstop and third. The Rangers were in the market for a second baseman with Jurickson Profar out 10 to 12 weeks with a torn muscle in his right shoulder. The 31-year-old has played in 290 major league games in eight seasons with Kansas City, Oakland, Miami and the Chicago Cubs. He spent most of last season with Triple-A Iowa, hitting .265. The Rangers also released right-hander Tommy Hanson rather than guaranteeing his $500,000 salary, which would have increased to $2 million when the season started. Hanson was 0-2 with a 6.43 ERA in four exhibition games. Dominique Wilkins Jersey . Jesus Navas bookended yet another huge home win for City by scoring after 14 seconds and again in second-half stoppage time, with Sergio Aguero also netting in each half to add to an own goal by Sandro and a brilliant strike by Alvaro Negredo. Custom Atlanta Hawks Jerseys . -- Theres nothing like winning to bring hope for a struggling team. http://www.hawksteamproshop.com/Chea...-Hawks-Jersey/ .Derrick Rose scored 23 points, and the Bulls pulled away from the Nets for a 105-80 victory on Wednesday night. Chicago held Brooklyn to 29 points on 26. DETROIT -- Jason Spezza and Bobby Ryan most exemplified the Ottawa Senators transition from the Daniel Alfredsson era. Spezza was tasked with taking over for Alfredsson as captain, and Ryan with filling the void as a scoring winger. In the Senators first game against Alfredsson and the Detroit Red Wings, Spezza and Ryan fittingly spearheaded an impressive offensive display in a 6-1 blowout at Joe Louis Arena. Those performances made it easier to forget about Alfredsson. "Bobby Ryan gets two and Jason gets two, and I thought Erik Karlsson was a force in the game, as well," coach Paul MacLean said. "We played the game tonight and we end up winning it, a big win for us on the road. It had little to do with Daniel." Defenceman Chris Phillips called it "just another game," but there was no denying the added significance of facing the former face of the franchise. Its impossible to fill the Alfredsson void completely, but leave it up to Spezza and Ryan to try. Spezza, who made it clear he understood fans paying closer attention to this game, was rolling offensively. He scored his first goal on the power play by shooting through a triple screen and the legs of Detroit defenceman Brian Lashoff, and later on banked the puck off the glass and corralled it to get his second. "I felt good tonight," said Spezza, who has seven goals and three assists in 10 games. "I thought I moved well, and when I move well usually I play well." It was the eighth regular-season game that Spezza served as captain. Understandably this was the biggest because it came against the man who wore the "C" on his chest for 14 seasons, and Spezza shined in that spotlight. "I think its good to play well in a big game," he said. "I think that taking over the captaincy is just all about learning every day for me and learning how to become a good captain in this league. I was trying to learn under Alfie when he was here, and its always something that I wanted. Now that I have the C, its a matter of trying to learn through different situations and be consistent." As a team, it was the Senators most consistent, complete effort of the season. Mika Zibanejad made an early impact in his first game of the season with an assist on Eric Grybas goal, and Anderson made 31 saves on 32 shots. But someone had to put the puck in the net, and Ryan makes a habit of doing that better than anyone else on the roster. The four-time 30-goal scorer put up his fifth and sixth of the season against Detroit, chasing goaltender Jimmy Howard in the first period and beating Jonas Gustavsson in the third. The Senators softened the blow of Alfredsson signing in Detroit by acquiring Ryan in a trade with the Anaheim Ducks the same day. Ryan knows the comparison will continue to be made, but hes not the one doing it. "I think were two completely different players -- hes leaving at a part of his career where hes winding down and Im kind of enteringg that area where you start to figure yourself out as a player," Ryan said. Spud Webb Jersey. "Were completely different dynamics, I think." Although they werent traded for each other like Phil Kessel and Tyler Seguin -- more accurately the draft pick that the Boston Bruins used to take him -- Ryan and Alfredsson are offensive-minded right-wingers, so the connection isnt going to stop. "Its a natural, its an easy comparison for you guys, I understand it," Ryan said. "But nobodys going to do what he did there." Alfredsson spent a lot of time this week addressing what he did in Ottawa, his departure after 17 seasons with the Senators and his fit with the Red Wings. No longer the spokesman for a team, the 40-year-old spoke for himself after a game in which he was generally a non-factor, finishing with two shots and two penalty minutes in 16 minutes 12 seconds of ice time. "It was obviously a different game today, the way it turned out," Alfredsson said. "It didnt feel too crazy. Warm-up was what it was. Once the game going, youre really into it. It was unfortunate the game it was it didnt really turn into a good battle, which I expected." Instead, Alfredsson and the Red Wings were left to lament their third straight loss in which he said the team looked slow. Coach Mike Babcock said his team didnt look very good but didnt know if that was a product of distraction. "Ive got no idea," he said. "Were not going to know the answer to that anyway. We can all speculate. The bottom line is we were no good here today. Its not like I saw it coming, its not like I think our play is falling off or anything. I was surprised to say the least. Disappointed for Alfie that we couldnt have done a better job." By comparison, the Senators did about as good a job as they could have, building off a strong performance in a loss to the Edmonton Oilers and getting rewarded for it. "I think we finally played a full, 60-minute game," Ryan said. "Weve seemed to put parts of it together in the past and gotten away from it, and tonight we didnt. Even when we got up a few, we kept the pedal down, and that was important." It was important for the Senators to put forth a good effort in an Atlantic Division game, even this early in the season. They were smiling much more about that than beating Alfredsson. "To beat the elite teams can give you confidence as a group," Spezza said. "We feel Detroits one of the best teams in our division and to beat them, hopefully we can use this as a bit of springboard to play better hockey." 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