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Four Peaks Brings Local Flavor to Cactus League

Four Peaks Brewing Company will be showcasing their beers throughout Cactus League stadiums this Spring beginning February 26th. “Response to Four Peaks beers by stadium concessionaires has quadrupled for 2014 over last year” according to Greg Ross, Four Peaks Marketing Director.

Stadiums include Salt River Fields, Peoria Sports Complex, Camelback Ranch, Scottsdale Stadium, Maryvale Stadium, Surprise Stadium and Tempe Diablo Stadium. Kilt Lifter, recent Silver Medalist at the Great American Beer Festival will be featured on multiple taps at every stadium. Other styles such as 8th Street Pale Ale, Sunbru, Peach Ale, Hefeweizen and Oatmeal Stout will be on tap throughout the stadiums as well. Salt River Fields, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies, will also feature local craft beers from both states in in cans.

New for 2014 will be the introduction of Four Peaks Short Hop ISA. With a lower alcohol percentage less than 5%, it’s a full flavored Session IPA. Ross adds, “Four Peaks is known for its balanced and seasonable beers. We don’t feel higher alcohol content makes better beer. We want local baseball fans and those from all over the United States to be able to enjoy a couple beers while watching their favorite team and maintain control over an afternoon of fun.”

Texas Rangers

Two-Time Defending AL Champs Texas Rangers Ready For Spring Training

If there’s one team that can’t wait for the start of spring training, it’s the Texas Rangers.

The last time the Texas Rangers took the field, it was Game 7 of the 2011 World Series – a series the Texas Rangers lost to the St. Louis Cardinals, four games to three. In fact, the Rangers also have the dubious honor of having lost the 2010 World Series, four games to one, to the San Francisco Giants.

The two-time defending American League champs return to the Valley Feb. 19 when pitchers and catchers report to the practice field. They train at Surprise Stadium, which opened in 2003 and seats up to 10,500 baseball fans.  The voluntary report date for position players is Feb. 24. The Texas Rangers will host their first game of the Cactus League spring training season March 4 against the Kansas City Royals.

Despite losing the 2011 World Series, the Rangers are optimistic for the 2012 season. Back at shortstop is Elvis Andrus, who signed a deal for $14.4 million to remain with the Rangers for the next three years. Andrus, 23, was a member of the American League All-Star team in 2010.

The Texas Rangers avoided arbitration with outfielder Nelson Cruz who signed a two-year contract worth  $16 million after his battle with an unknown stomach infection.

Additionally, players healing from various surgeries should be back on the field as the start of spring training approaches. Third-year first baseman Mitch Moreland is almost fully recovered from wrist surgery he underwent in November.  Outfielder Josh Hamilton, the AL’s 2010 Most Valuable Player, is also ready to take for what could be his final season with the Rangers. He had hernia surgery during the off-season and is continuing rehab. Hamilton also has the task of deliberating whether to draft another contract and stay with the Rangers or become a free agent after the 2012 season.

Ron Washington returns for his sixth year as the Rangers’ manager. Under his leadership and with their returning All-Stars, the Rangers could once again make a World Series appearance. Hopefully the third time’s a charm for Texas.