Maddux, entering his 20th major league season, allowed two
unearned runs in two innings of the Cubs' 9-4 victory over the
Texas Rangers on Monday.
Soriano, who missed the final two weeks of 2004 with a torn left
hamstring, was limping in the locker room after playing six innings
and going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in his second spring training
game. He went hitless in three at-bats as the designated hitter in
his first outing.
"It felt tight after Saturday's game, and it still doesn't feel
right," Soriano said before doing some extra running after the
game. "My timing is off."
Rangers manager Buck Showalter said Soriano didn't tell him or
trainer Jamie Reed that anything was wrong.
"When you have an injury like that, you have to play your way
through it," Showalter said. "I got him one more at-bat (Monday)
and then took him out. There wasn't anything wrong. He's
structurally OK. He needs to build his confidence by playing."
The 38-year-old Maddux gave up three hits, throwing 37 pitches --
"It was fun to get out there," said Maddux, the only pitcher
to win at least 15 games in 17 straight seasons. "You just do what
you can do to get each hitter out. I just never want to throw the
same bad pitch twice."
The Cubs erased the Rangers' 2-1 lead on a solo home run by
Jason DuBois and a two-run shot by Jerry Hairston Jr. in the fourth
inning. Angel Echevarria's two-run homer in the sixth made it 9-2.
Michael Young went 2-for-3 for Texas.
Chicago OF Corey Patterson left the game in the second
inning after being hit by a pitch on the left knee by Rangers
starter Nick Regilio. He was going to be examined at a Mesa
hospital. "I can put weight on it," he said, "but they want to
look at it further." ... Rangers RHP Francisco Cordero said he
felt good Monday, one day after throwing from a mound for the first
time this spring. The Texas closer has been slowed by a sore
shoulder he developed in winter ball. ... Rangers RHP Kenny Rogers
allowed one run on five hits in two innings in a 3-1 win in a
morning "B" game against the Kansas City Royals. Chris Richard
had two home runs.