"I saw him in a couple of minor league games and he looked
really good," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "He can do a
lot for us. When he gets on base he charges the batteries of
Podsednik, who was playing in only his fourth "A" game of the
spring, tripled to open the game and scored when Tadahito Iguchi
grounded out to second.
The White Sox erased a 2-1 deficit in the fifth, scoring twice
with the help of three errors by Rangers third baseman Hank
Gustavo Molina walked and went to third on a single to right by
Podsednik. Blalock misplayed the throw to the bag, allowing Molina
to score as the fleet-footed Podsednik made it to third. Podsednik
scored on the next play when Blalock bobbled an Iguchi grounder.
One out later, Blalock made his third fielding error to allow
Jermaine Dye to reach, sending Rangers starter Kevin Millwood out
of the game.
Podsednik and Paul Konerko, who went 2-for-4, had RBI singles in
the sixth to help Chicago open up a 5-2 lead. Konerko is 9-for-19
in his last five games.
Javier Lopez pitched the ninth inning to earn his first save of
Millwood, making his second start of the spring, went 4 1-3
innings, allowing three runs on six hits. He struck out two and
"I've never been a good spring training pitcher because I don't
go out to win ballgames in the spring," Millwood said. "I still
feel I have a bit of a dead arm. The balls weren't coming out the
way I wanted, but it's the same every spring."
Millwood has one more scheduled start before pitching on opening
day at home against the Boston Red Sox.
"This will be my third opener," Millwood said. "The first at
home. I'm looking forward to that."
Reliever Akinori Otsuka made his debut with the Rangers, giving
up two hits in one scoreless inning. He also struck out two.
Otsuka missed most of camp while he played for Japan in the
World Baseball Classic. He was last seen on TV raising his arms in
triumph after striking out the final batter to register the save
that gave Japan the WBC title.
"He's been walking around all morning with his chest puffed
out," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "Good for him."
Molina scored two runs and went 2-for-3 with two walks for the
Rangers RHP Adam Eaton will pitch one or two innings
Saturday in a minor league game and then make his final scheduled
start of the spring Wednesday against his former team, the San
Diego Padres. Eaton will miss his Friday start after being hit by a
line drive just below his pitching elbow on Sunday against the
Cubs. ... OF Gary Matthews continues to be hampered by a rib cage
injury and could start the season on the disabled list, according
to Showalter. ... White Sox starter Javier Vazquez pitched seven
innings in a Double-A game, giving up one run on three hits while
striking out six and walking two. .. OF Laynce Nix played his first
game of the spring in the field for the Rangers.