Texas Rangers: Team Picks Up Respectable Win Against Chicago White Sox

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Sep 2, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher A.J. Griffin (64) walks off the mound after being relieved in the sixth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Sean Pokorny-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 2, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher A.J. Griffin (64) walks off the mound after being relieved in the sixth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Sean Pokorny-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Texas Rangers have earned a much-needed win against Chicago. Texas is 3-11. Still a rough position with Opening Day about 22 days away. Texas’ win clears some negativity. Regardless, there’s still much to improve on.

Overall, a very good performance by the Texas Rangers. Pitching played excellent baseball. Offense still had some struggles, but they were able to play well enough to get the job done and win the game.

A.J. Griffin started. He managed to 4.0, allowing 2 hits, surrendering zero runs and striking out four batters, thus earning his first this Spring Training. This is what Jeff Banister and the staff want to see from Griffin. If he can continue performing like that, there’s no doubt he’ll earn a spot on the main roster. In any case, he needs to keep it up. Keone Kela and Matt Bush both appeared in this game, both pitching one full inning each. They allowed a combined two hits, surrendered no runs, and struck out four batters. These two a doing an amazing job. No doubt, they’ll be part of this year’s bullpen this season, indeed.

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Offense went 11-for-35. Struck out a total of nine times. A little bit of an improvement of how they’ve previously played. Furthermore, there’s still a lot of room for improvement. Opening Day is closing in and there’s not much time. There’s no time to waste. Texas’ lineup is very talented, but at the moment, they’re not ready. So now’s the time to get ready. Carlos Gomez and Nomar Mazara went a combined 4-for-6. Elvis Andrus went 0-for-3. Mike Napoli and Shin-Soo Choo went a combined 1-for-5. Joey Gallo went 1-for-3. Of couse, no offense will be perfect, but they can always do better than 11-for-35. In any case, the starting lineup needs to be healthy and ready. This was Elvis’ first game this Spring Training. He’s been recovering from a sports hernia surgery he underwent back in November of last year. It’s good to see him healthy, indeed.

Tomorrow, Texas will take on the White Sox again. The Rangers need to keep winning. Things need to stay positive for Texas.

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