Rapid Reaction: Giants 2, Rangers 1
What it means: The Rangers dropped back below .500 after suffering their first loss in seven games.
New battery: Geovany Soto caught Darvish in a game for the first time this spring. A.J. Pierzynski was behind the plate for Darvish's first two starts. Manager Ron Washington said that was just a result of the natural catching rotation and it was Soto's turn to start.
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Bum rap: The Rangers could only muster a double by Mitch Moreland against San Francisco starter Madison Bumgarner during his four innings of work.
Double double: Moreland showed no signs of rust or lingering affects after missing two games with a tight right hamstring. The Rangers' first baseman went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and a run scored.
Close call: Joe Nathan seemed to be on the way to a rough outing Monday after allowing a run on back-to-back triples to the first two batters he faced. Giants hitters couldn't touch him after that, as the Rangers closer responded by striking out the side on 11 pitches.
Left out: Nate Robertson continues to have a very good spring, pitching a scoreless seventh inning Monday. The left-hander is unscored upon in six innings this spring.
Team effort: Six Rangers pitchers combined for 11 strikeouts and just one walk.
Spring fever: With Phoenix area children on their first day of spring break, the Giants being in town, and a beautiful 73-degree day, a spring-high crowd of 10,025 took in the game at Surprise Stadium.
What's next? The Rangers host Milwaukee on Tuesday at 3:05 p.m. CT to close out a two-game homestand. RHP Alexi Ogando (0-1, 5.68) will get the start for the Rangers. RHP Mark Rogers (0-0, 3.86) is the scheduled starter for the Brewers. Texas has an off day Wednesday.
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