In the Texas Rangers Cactus League opener against defending champion, Kansas City, Texas came out on top with a 6-2 win.
The Texas Rangers opened up their Spring Training schedule with a 6-2 win over the World Series champions, Kansas City Royals yesterday in Surprise, Arizona on Wednesday.
Colby Lewis started for Texas, facing nine batters on the afternoon. In the first weekend, he walked 2 batters to load the bases but eventually got out of the jam. Despite those walks, Lewis did post a scoreless day on the mound for Texas. In fact, through the first six innings, the Rangers starter and bullpen held the Royals scoreless only allowing one hit, a double by Mike Moustakas.
Texas eventually surrendered two runs to Kansas City, a solo shot by Jorge Bonifacio off of Alex Claudio in the seventh and another one by Parker Morin off of Phil Klein in the eighth.
Nomar Mazara lead the way for the Rangers at the plate, going 3-3 on the day with a 3 run homer in the ninth and 4 RBIs. Patrick Kivlehan and Doug Bernier drove in the other 2 runs for the Rangers yesterday.
Yu Darvish threw his second bullpen session Wednesday, throwing 20 pitches off the full-size mound. According to Sports Illustrated, it can be expected that Darvish continues to throw a bullpen every two or three days for the time being.
Adrian Beltre did not play on Wednesday for the Rangers with Drew Robinson instead getting the start. Reports are that Beltre asked Texas manager, Jeff Banister, if they could give his back a few more days before returning to games. Little is known about the condition or severity of Beltre’s back but so far little concern has been raised.
Derek Holland is expected to get the start for the Rangers when they take on the Royals this afternoon at 2:05pm.
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