The featured Texas Rangers player tonight in the series opener against the Los Angeles Angels will be the only one on the field and in the dugout who has had a good night's sleep.

Yu Darvish caught a flight from Baltimore to Texas on Thursday afternoon while the other 24 players languished through a doubleheader and a charter flight that wasn't scheduled to arrive at Love Field until the early-morning hours Friday.

Sending a pitcher to the next city a day early is company policy for manager Ron Washington, who had hoped to send Saturday probable Matt Harrison as well. But with two games Thursday, Harrison was kept at Camden Yards just in case the Rangers ran out of pitchers.