Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
SURPRISE, Ariz. – The Texas Rangers played their 2010 World Series nemesis the San Francisco Giants yesterday in their first night game of the Spring Training season. Martin Perez started for the Texas Rangers and looked quite impressive over the first 2.5 innings. He only gave up on hit in three innings; however, he threw 63 pitches and 35 of those came in third inning. He gave up 3 hits, walked 2 and struck out 2 in the 14 batters he faced.
Michael Kirkman came to the mound in the 4th inning. Over three innings, Kirkman allowed 3 runs on six hits, one home run, two walks and five strikeouts.
Shin-Soo Choo was the DH in Thursday’s game because he received an anti-inflammatory shot in his elbow,
"The minor elbow pain Shin-Soo Choo experienced a week ago has lingered, and Thursday he received an injection of anti-inflammatory medication to combat it.” (Evan Grant, The Dallas Morning News)"
yet he managed to hit a homer offRyan Vogelsong
in the third.Engel Beltre
, who’s place with the Texas Rangers remains to be seen singled a ground ball which allowedMichael Choice
to score in the seventh.Kevin Kouzmanoff
once again shines as he singled on a sharp line drive to center field allowing Shin-Soo Choo andAndy Parrino
to score in the ninth ending the game in a tied score 4-4.
Jurickson Profar had all four wisdom teeth removed on Thursday and is expected to be out 3-5 days.
Kensuke Tanaka suffered 3 broken teeth on Monday when the helmet of Cincinnati Reds Brayan Pena‘s helmet.
Alex Rios is still day-to-day but did play in Thursday’s game.
Geovany Soto was back on the field, earlier than expected, playing in Thursday’s game.
On Friday the Texas Rangers will travel to Goodyear to play the Cincinnati Reds where Shin-Soo Choo will be honored and presented with the Ernie Lombardi Award as the Reds 2013 Most Valuable Player. Tanner Scheppers will face Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto. Robbie Ross and Pedro Figueroa are also expected to pitch.