Texas Rangers Stay in the Win Column Over Weekend

Feb 21, 2016; Surprise, AZ, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cole Hamels (35) throws during a workout at Surprise Stadium Practice Fields. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 21, 2016; Surprise, AZ, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cole Hamels (35) throws during a workout at Surprise Stadium Practice Fields. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Texas Rangers played two games over the weekend against West Coast teams in their 2016 Spring Training campaign.

Friday vs. Dodgers:

The Rangers took on the Los Angeles Dodgers in Surprise on Friday coming away with a 3-3 tie, surrendering the tying run late in the ninth inning.

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Chi Chi Gonzalez made his Spring Training debut for Texas going two innings giving up only one hit in the outing. Sam Dyson also got some work on the mound for the Texas Rangers throwing one inning against the Dodgers getting one strikeout.

Ian Desmond made his left field debut for Texas as well Friday going 1-3 with a double in the seventh inning. In left field, Desmond got no action although he says it was good to at least get an idea of the pace of the game from the outfield as Spring Training progresses.

Adrian Beltre made his Spring Training debut for Texas after initially asking Jeff Banister for some extra rest. Beltre went 2-2 Friday with an RBI which points to his back seemingly have improved.

Injury Report

Reliever Shawn Tolleson has back spasms and is currently day-to-day for Texas. Yu Darvish threw his third bullpen of Spring Training with no issues which is a good sign of his development.

Saturday vs. Giants:

On Saturday, the Rangers played the San Francisco Giants and came away with a 7-5 win. Texas ace, Cole Hamels, made his Spring Training debut for the Rangers throwing 1.1 innings giving up 1 run on 1 hit and surrendering 2 walks. Francisco Mendoza picked up the win for the Rangers throwing .2 of an inning giving up no hits and striking out one.

Jurickson Profar continued to show progress in his return from injury going 1-2 Saturday with an RBI. He played shortstop for Texas with Elvis Andrus not playing. Mitch Moreland put together an impressive afternoon going 1-3 with a two-run double. Justin Ruggiano got the start in left field going 0-2 and being replaced by Patrick Kivlehan later in the game.

Injury Report

RHP Jeremy Guthrie who’s dealing with back-stiffness threw a bullpen Saturday in Surprise.

Next Game:

The Rangers will take on the the Seattle Mariners this afternoon with Nick Tepesch getting the start on the mound.

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