Rapid Reaction: White Sox 11, Rangers 3
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.
|Broadcaster Steve Busby joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss the Rangers' starting rotation, if Yu Darvish is a Cy Young candidate and how the team can replace Josh Hamilton's production. |
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.
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.