ARLINGTON, Texas -- Alejandro De Aza was thrown out stealing five times while stealing successfully three times during spring training. Then he got thrown out by Rangers catcher Mike Napoli on Opening Day. But Ventura said before the game he wants his leadoff man to keep running.
"I want him to be aggressive,'' Ventura said. "I want him to go in and feel there are no reins on him. I want him to be able to go out there and feel confident about trying to get a big jump.''
De Aza stole second in the first and scored on Paul Konerko's single to left.
"He's going to get thrown out,'' Ventura said. "We'll have guys that probably will get thrown out, but it won't stop us from running."
De Aza looked bad in the third inning getting picked off by lefthander Derek Holland.