Rangers Lose By 4 To White Sox

Mar 19, 2016; San Antonio, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher A.J. Griffin (64) throws to the plate during the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Alamodome. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 19, 2016; San Antonio, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher A.J. Griffin (64) throws to the plate during the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Alamodome. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apparent 5th starter AJ Griffin took the loss as the Texas Rangers fell 6-2 to the White Sox on Tuesday.

AJ Griffin got the start on the mound Tuesday for the Texas Rangers as they played the Chicago White Sox. Griffin, who is expected to become the 5th starter in the Rangers rotation, took the loss in the 6-2 game. Griffin threw 3.2 innings giving up 5 earned runs on 7 hits and striking out 6 batters. With the optioning of Nick Martinez on Sunday, the Texas Rangers have essentially stated that Griffin will be the 5th man in the rotation. Jeff Banister says he liked the way Griffin threw the ball and he’s well on his way to recovery from Tommy John.

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In relief, Sam Freeman threw 1.1 innings allowing just 1 hit and walking 2. Freeman was designated for assignment last night after the acquisition of Bryan Holaday. Also in relief, the Texas Rangers closer, Shawn Tolleson threw an inning where he gave up 1 run on 1 hit.

At the plate Hanser Alberto led the Rangers going 2-3 with an RBI and a run scored with a solo shot off White Sox ace Chris Sale.

Trimming Down the Roster

On Tuesday, Texas made a few moves to reduce the roster size. They optioned pitcher Nick Martinez to Triple A Round Rock and released outfielder Drew Stubbs. Along with Stubbs, the Rangers also released Jordan Danks, along with pitchers Sam Stafford and Adam Dian.

Injury Report

Yu Darvish continues to work back from Tommy John surgery. Delino DeShiels was back in center field for the Texas Rangers after suffering a right biceps strain early last week.

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Rangers ace, and Opening Day starter Cole Hamels will make his final Spring Training appearance today as the Rangers play the Royals in Arizona.

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