Rapid Reaction: Rockies 9, Rangers 1
What This Means: Texas has lost three consecutive games and is winless in all four spring tilts this season. Dating back to the end of the 2012 Cactus League season, Texas is 0-7-1 in its last eight spring games.
Plate Presence: Starter Martin Perez has consistently thrown strikes during the early part of the spring. During two perfect innings of work Monday, the left-hander threw 16 of his 27 pitches for strikes. This came on the heels of throwing all nine pitches for strikes during an intrasquad game last Tuesday.
Fast Start: Leonys Martin has been hitting well during the early portion of the spring slate, including back-to-back two-hit games. He is 5-for-9 (.556) overall and appears to be putting a little distance between himself and Craig Gentry, who is considered his biggest competition for the starting center-field job.
Slow Start: RHP Justin Grimm didn't get off to a good start in his quest to grab the No. 5 starter spot after allowing three earned runs on four hits and a walk in two innings of work.
Spring Sting: Rangers pitchers allowed two home runs Monday after giving up only two during their first three games of the Cactus League schedule.
Feeling Run Down: A crazy rundown saved the Rangers a run during the third inning, ending when Troy Tulowitzki was tagged out after falling inches short on his slide into third base, which was already occupied by Eric Young Jr. The play was scored 1-5-2-6-2.
What's Next? Texas returns to Surprise Stadium to face the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday at 2:05 p.m. CT. There is no radio or TV broadcast. RHP Yu Darvish is expected to make his spring debut for the Rangers. Chicago is slated to start RHP Nestor Molina.
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