Rapid Reaction: White Sox 11, Rangers 3

March, 26, 2013
3/26/13
6:40
PM CT
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Texas Rangers (15-15-2) have dropped two straight after losing 11-3 to the Chicago White Sox (12-13-3) on Tuesday at Surprise Stadium.

What it means: Texas dropped back to .500 and lost back-to-back games (not counting split-squad games) for the first time since Feb. 26-27. If the Rangers go 3-1 in their final four Cactus League games, they would finish the spring above .500 for the first time since 2009.

Harrison finale: Starter Matt Harrison closed out his spring with a bumpy start after allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits and one walk while striking out one in 3 1/3 innings. He threw 81 pitches, the final one a two-run home run to Brandon Short in a three-run fourth inning.

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Scoreless outing: Reliever Josh Lindblom, who is battling for one of the final bullpen jobs, pitched two scoreless innings Tuesday. He was forced to work a bit in the the second frame but got out without any damage.

Five for Frasor: Reliever Jason Frasor had his worst outing of the spring, allowing five runs on four hits and a walk in just one-third of an inning. Frasor already has one of the five bullpen jobs sewn up.

Catcher's interferences: Seeing one catcher's interference play in a game is unusual enough. Seeing it twice is downright strange. Throw in that the same Texas batter was at the plate for both of them and you have an outright oddity. However, that is what happened to David Murphy, who reached base twice on a catcher's interference calls Tuesday -- once against each Chicago catcher. Murphy drew three in 2012.

40-man roster room: More moves to the Rangers' 40-man roster are in the offing as room needs to be made for Jeff Baker, Derek Lowe and Nick Tepesch. The spot for Tepesch doesn't need to be cleared until his contract is purchased to make the April 9 start against Tampa Bay.

Olt update: Mike Olt will mostly play third base with Round Rock (AAA), allowing him to focus on one position and concentrate on simplifying his fielding and working to improve at the plate.

What's next? The Rangers will play their final road game of the Cactus League season when they travels to Tempe to take on the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday at 2:05 p.m. CT at Tempe Diablo Stadium. The game can be heard on ESPN 103.3 FM and will be broadcast on the MLB Network. LHP Michael Kirkman (0-0, 0.00) is the scheduled starter for Texas. RHP Garrett Richards will take the mound for Chicago.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Adrian Beltre
BA HR RBI R
.324 19 77 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
WC. Lewis 10
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182