Missing from the annual Texas Rangers winter awards banquet Friday night and from the annual Fan Fest a day later, though with a permission slip from general manager Jon Daniels, was right-hander Yu Darvish.
Peyton Manning holds a league-record four league MVP awards and surely will add his fifth Saturday night. He has earned 13 Pro Bowl selections. He set NFL records this season with 55 touchdown passes and 5,477 passing yards.
Darvish will be the Rangers' sixth different Opening Day starter in the past six seasons, a string that started with Kevin Millwood in 2009. He was followed by Scott Feldman, C.J. Wilson, Colby Lewis and Matt Harrison.