Cubs 9

(4-1, 2-1 away)

Rangers 4

(3-2, 2-1 home)

    2:05 PM ET, March 7, 2005

    Surprise Stadium, Surprise, Arizona 

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    CHC 100314000 9 - -
    TEX 020001100 4 - -

    Chicago 9, Texas 4

    SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Greg Maddux's spring debut went a lot better than Alfonso Soriano's first appearance at second base.

    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 -- 25 strikes.

    "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.

    Game notes

    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.

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