SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Scott Feldman's final tuneup ahead of his first Opening Day start was almost everything he could have hoped for.
"I just wanted to get my innings in there and feel pretty good about it when I came out of the game," said Feldman, who threw seven scoreless innings to help the Texas Rangers beat a Chicago White Sox split squad 5-0 on Sunday. "They were swinging the bats so I got some quick outs."Feldman needed only 89 pitches to get through seven innings, scattering six hits with a walk and two strikeouts. He then went to the bullpen and threw another 20.The right-hander will make his final spring appearance Wednesday before starting the season."It's the first time I've been in the rotation on opening day so to start that game should be pretty exciting," Feldman said.Chris Ray and Frank Francisco threw the eighth and ninth innings for the Rangers, who snapped an eight-game losing streak.Francisco has not allowed an earned run in an 'A' game and only one earned run in eight appearances overall."His velocity is fine for me," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "What I like more than anything else is he's throwing strikes."White Sox starter Gavin Floyd was nearly as sharp over the first four innings before allowing two runs and four hits in the fifth, including an RBI single by Vladimir Guerrero and David Murphy's run-scoring double.He finished his six-inning outing having allowed two runs on eight hits with two walks and six strikeouts."I'm just refining and trying to get more consistent," Floyd said. "It's the most important thing I can do. I just left a couple up in the zone, they put the barrel on the ball and got some good hits."
White Sox catcher Ramon Castro left the game in the top of the second with an apparent leg injury. He blooped a double down the left-field line but pulled up between first and second and walked to the bag. Castro then jogged slowly to third on a single by Jayson Nix before leaving the game. He was taken to the team's spring facilities in Glendale for evaluation. Rangers catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia was 2 for 4 with a double and a walk in a minor league game in Peoria. He played five innings behind the plate and said he's ready to return to the major league games. Murphy's double was Texas' first extra-base hit in 23 innings.