SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Texas Rangers first baseman Chris Davis kept swinging and connecting. It took a called third strike to finally end his streak of hits in eight consecutive at-bats.
"It was a ball, dude," Davis said. "I don't swing at balls anymore."Davis, who had 150 strikeouts in 113 games last season, had three hits and drove in two runs Friday before striking out in the Rangers' 6-2 victory over the San Diego Padres."He's been in camp and he's been taking care of business. He's very confident, he's not overswinging, he's controlling the strike zone right now," manager Ron Washington said. "We just have to make sure he stays in that frame of mind."The Rangers got all of their runs in the first two innings off Clayton Richard. Texas starter Matt Harrison threw three scoreless innings.After getting a double in his final at-bat Wednesday, Davis went 4 for 4 with three RBIs on Thursday against Colorado. He had three consecutive singles against the Padres, driving in a run in each of the first two innings, before looking at strike three in the fifth in his final at-bat.When he was sent back to Triple-A last July, Davis was hitting .202 with a majors-high 114 strikeouts in 77 games. He hit .308 with 36 strikeouts in 36 games after coming back at the end of the season, and didn't take long after that to start preparing for 2010."I hit a lot earlier in the offseason this year, made it a point a couple of weeks after the season to get in the cage and start swinging a little bit so I kind of had a feel for it," Davis said. "I didn't have to come out here and recreate a feel against live pitching ... Clear your head and go out and play. I've been able to do that a lot more consistently."The results have been good so far. Davis is hitting .550 (11 for 20) with a homer and six RBIs in seven spring games.Richard, 5-2 in his 12 starts last season after coming from the Chicago White Sox in the Jake Peavy trade, gave up six hits and walked four. The left-hander was scheduled to go three innings, but threw 48 pitches and was done after two."I struggled with command of everything. I think it was very evident," Richard said. "You never want to have these outings where you know you put your team in a big hole. ... It needs to be better than this."Tommy Hunter, another candidate for the Rangers rotation, gave up one run and two hits in three innings.Harrison allowed three singles, struck out two and walked none. The lefty was in the Rangers' rotation last season before missing the final 14 weeks due to surgery to remove a rib and alleviate pain in his shoulder. He made five appearances in the Arizona Fall League."I got a few innings under my belt in the fall league just going into the offseason confident that I was healthy," Harrison said. "And just focused on getting stronger going into spring training."
Cesar Carillo was scheduled to pitch two innings in relief of Richard, but didn't come out for his second because of tightness in his right hamstring. ... Rangers 2B Ian Kinsler was scratched after turning his right ankle during infield drills Friday morning. Team officials said it's not serious. Saturday was already a scheduled off day for Kinsler. ... Aaron Cunningham had an RBI single for San Diego in the eighth. ... Rangers C Jarrod Saltalamacchia hopes to play Sunday. He has been held out of games since Tuesday after experiencing pain around the surgical incision on his upper right chest. He went through regular drills Friday morning and said he felt OK.