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Rapid Reaction: Rangers beat Dodgers, fall to Cubs

3/18/2013

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Texas Rangers went 1-1 in its split-squad games on Saturday. In one game, Texas posted its second shutout win of the spring with a 4-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers (7-11-3) at Surprise Stadium.

Texas (10-10-2) wasn't as fortunate in its other split-squad game, as it dropped a 5-1 decision to the Chicago Cubs (9-12) at Chapman Field in Las Vegas.



What this means


Texas remains at .500 and has won three of its last five games.

Righteous return

Starter Matt Harrison allowed just one hit and threw five scoreless inning while striking out three and facing just one batter above the minimum. This was Harrison's first start in an 'A' game since March 2.

Clayton's day

Texas struggled all day against Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw. The Rangers only had two hits off the Dodgers' left-hander in six innings, with no runner reaching second base.

Las Vegas update

Starter Nick Tepesch allowed three earned runs on five hits with a walk and two strikeouts in five innings of work during the Rangers' loss in Las Vegas.

Picked off

The Rangers figure to be aggressive on the base paths this year, so fans need to expect to take the good with the bad. One base running miscue occurred in the bottom of the fourth inning when designated hitter Lance Berkman was caught leaning a little toward second base and ended up in a rundown. After a few throws, Berkman was tagged out and the play was scored 1-3-4-1.

Moore in charge

Bench coach Jackie Moore managed the Rangers game in Surprise, the second time he has done so this spring. He was also the man in charge for a game when Texas played its last split-squad games on March 9. Moore managed the Oakland A's from 1984-86.

More Baker

Jeff Baker continued to produce at the plate with another hit and one RBI while finishing 1-for-3. Even with the single, his major league leading batting average dropped from .514 to .500.

Out of his League

David Murphy led off the bottom of the seventh inning with his first home run of the spring to deep right-center field on an 0-1 pitch from Brandon League, who had just replaced Kershaw.

Dry spell

Neither team scored a run until Murphy's solo home run in the seventh -- the longest a Texas game has gone scoreless this spring.

Home crowded

Texas played in front of its largest home crowd of the spring when 10,199 turned out for the game.

What's next?

Texas is scheduled for a pair of split-squad games on Sunday, with one game being played in Arizona and the other in Las Vegas.

In the Arizona game, Texas travels to the Peoria Sports Complex to face the Seattle Mariners at 3:05 p.m. CT.

Kyle McClellan was scratched on Saturday due to injury. His replacement is TBD. Blake Beaven (1-0, 5.63) is scheduled to start for the Mariners.

In the other game, the Rangers will close out a two-game series against the Chicago Cubs at Cashman Field in Las Vegas at 3:05 p.m. CT. LHP Robbie Ross (1-0, 3.86)

will start for Texas. RHP Carlos Villanueva (0-1, 5.87) takes the mound for Chicago.