Rapid Reaction: White Sox 14, Rangers 8
What its means: Texas has lost four in a row and is winless after five spring games. The Rangers are 0-8-1 in their last nine spring games dating to the end of the 2012 Cactus League season.
Ace performance: Yu Darvish was sharp in his spring debut, pitching two perfect innings while striking out two. The lone well-hit ball was a high foul ball Conor Gillaspie hit deep into the right field corner that was caught by Aaron Cunningham.
Mixed bag: Darvish mixed speeds well as evidenced during a Seth Loman at-bat where Darvish started the White Sox DH with a looping 64-mph curveball, followed by a 92-mph fastball.
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High five: The five runs scored by the Rangers during the fifth inning not only marked their highest single-inning output this spring, it also equaled the highest total for an entire 2013 Cactus League game prior to today's offensive outburst. Of those five runs, two were unearned.
Walking around: Texas pitchers walked eight Chicago batters; none were from Darvish, who permitted a team-high 89 last season.
Hot bat: Leonys Martin continues to hit well. He came off the bench Tuesday and went 1-for-2 with an RBI triple. Martin, who is in a three-way battle for the starting center field job, is now 6-for-11 (.545) and leads the team in hits this spring.
An inning to forget: Cody Buckel won't forget his first Cactus League appearance. The 20-year old right-hander entered the game in the third inning and walked the first four batters he faced. Two more runs scored on a passed ball and an error by Olt. Buckel then walked a fifth batter, ending his day having retired just one batter. The second-round pick in 2010 performed well during his first two minor league seasons, so this may have been a case of nerves getting the best of a young player.
What's next? Texas travels to Camelback Ranch in Glendale to wrap up a two-game series against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday at 2:05 p.m. CT. There is no radio or TV broadcast. RHP Alexi Ogando will make his second appearance of the spring, but his first start. RHP Simon Castro will take the mound for Chicago.
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