Rapid Reaction: Cubs 5, Rangers 4
What it means: Texas dropped back to .500 and missed a chance to equal a spring high with its third consecutive victory.
Long memories: It doesn't matter that Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski is no longer wearing the uniform of the Cubs' cross-town rival Chicago White Sox. Cubs fans at HoHoKam Stadium still greeted Pierzynski, who played eight seasons in Chicago, with a round of boos when he walked toward the batter's box for his first at-bat. Pierzynski responding with an RBI double to get the last laugh. He caught heat from the Northsiders in the second inning after committing an error, which they let him know about.
|Lance Berkman joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett live from Surprise, Ariz., to discuss spring training and how he feels better than he expected to heading into the season. |
Holland's return: LHP Derek Holland allowed five runs on nine hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings against Tucson in a minor-league start for Round Rock (AAA).
Nathan's numbers: Closer Joe Nathan pitched two scoreless innings in a game with High-A Myrtle Beach and allowed one hit and no walks while striking out four. He threw 35 pitches, 22 for strikes.
Model citizen: Outfielder Leonys Martin entered the game in the sixth inning and played center field. Martin missed Monday's game to return to Miami, where he was granted his U.S. citizenship.
Impressive newcomer: RHP reliever Coty Woods pitched a scoreless seventh inning, building off what has been an impressive spring for the Rule-5 pickup. Woods has not been overwhelmed despite attending his first major league camp and has allowed two runs and nine hits with nine strikeouts in 9 1/3 innings. The 25-year old has been one of the bright spots among right-handers out of the bullpen.
What's next? The Rangers are off Wednesday and return to action Thursday night to host the Los Angeles Angels at 8:05 p.m. CT at Surprise Stadium. The game can be heard live on ESPN 103.3 FM and seen on TXA21. RHP Derek Lowe (1-0, 0.00) is the scheduled starter for Texas. Los Angeles is yet to name its starter.
103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS
Play Podcast Rangers GM Jon Daniels joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to tackle the tough questions after his team failed to advance to the playoffs.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss having Nelson Cruz back in the lineup and how the Rangers are feeling heading into their wild-card play-in game against the Rays.
Play Podcast ESPN Insider and senior MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the wild-card race and the Rangers' chances of making the playoffs.
Play Podcast Chuck Cooperstein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why he feels Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish isn't an ace.
Play Podcast Elvis Andrus joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Rangers' stretch run and the morale level in their clubhouse.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss the latest Rangers news, including the team's struggles, Ron Washington's job security and a rumored trade with the Braves.
Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Rangers' dismal September, who's to blame for their September struggles and his status as the team's manager.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss how some people are calling for the Rangers to fire manager Ron Washington.