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Mitch Moreland hit a two-run homer off Carlos Villanueva, Robbie Ross pitched three scoreless innings and the Texas Rangers beat the Chicago Cubs 8-5 in a matchup of split squads.
Villanueva pitched four innings, allowing four hits and three runs. He walked two and struck out two.
Jose Felix also hit a two-run homer in seventh for Texas.
Ross gave up four hits and three walks. He struck out three. He left six on base, including the bases loaded in the third.
Nate Schierholtz homered to right leading off the sixth and Tim Saunders had a two-run shot in the eighth for the Cubs.
Chad Bell got the save, striking out Brad Nelson with the bases loaded.
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Kyle McClellan's rough spring with the Texas Rangers took another bad turn Saturday as he was diagnosed with a strain of his right lat muscle.
The right-hander is expected to be out three to four weeks before being able to resume a throwing program.
McClellan, a non-roster invitee, was slowed at the beginning of spring training by right shoulder soreness. He's made just...
The Texas Rangers are scanning the free agent and trade
markets for a starting pitcher, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Heyman notes that the Rangers have kept in contact with free agent starter Kyle Lohse, and they have been linked to Detroit Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello throughout the offseason.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels hasn’t completely...
The American League West isn't exactly a hot bed for catchers.
The best catcher in the West in 2013 didn't even play in the division last year as Texas catcher A.J. Pierzynski came over from the Chicago White Sox via free agency.
Pierzynski is the only No. 1 catcher in the division who caught more than half of his team's games last season, which is one of the reasons...
The long wait for Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Scott Baker is over.
Baker made his 2013 Spring Training debut on Sunday, March 17, ending his time
on the disabled list. Baker pitched only a third of an inning against the Oakland Athletics, allowing three runs on three hits in his first
live competition since 2011.
Baker missed all of 2012 while recovering from Tommy...
Adrian Beltre isn't just the best third baseman in the American League West. If you ask Texas manager Ron Washington, he's the best in the game.
He doesn't have much competition in the West either, as every other team has some deficiencies at the hot corner.
Here's a breakdown of third base in the West and the team rankings.
Texas As good as Josh Hamilton was...
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Jeff Samardzija scattered three hits over five scoreless innings for a Chicago Cubs split squad in a 5-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday.
Samardzija struck out three and walked one.
The Cubs were unable to capitalize on Nate Schierholtz's leadoff double in the second, but they took a 1-0 lead after Steve Clevenger opened the third with a double and Darwin Barney...
Key offseason additions- A.J. Pierzynski, Lance Berman, Joakim Soria Key offseason losses-Josh Hamilton, Mike Napoli, Michael Young, Mike Adams, Koji Uehara, Ryan Dempster, Scott Feldman It’s hard to argue that Texas had a successful offseason, and it’s even harder to argue that they got better than they were last year. Everything from the bullpen to … Continue reading »
Edwin Jackson allowed one run and three hits in six innings, and the Chicago Cubs rested most of their regulars on Monday in a 5-2 win over the San Diego Padres.
In his longest outing of spring training, Jackson struck out three and walked one.
Padres starter Clayton Richard allowed Javier Baez's RBI groundout in the fourth and Dave Sappelt's three-run homer in the fifth...
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Clayton Kershaw gave his manager a scare.
Kershaw was hit in the left Achilles tendon by a hard hit ball off David Murphy's bat in the fourth inning of the Los Angeles Dodgers' 4-0 loss to a Texas Rangers split squad on Saturday.
''I might be a little sore tomorrow, but it's fine,'' he said. ''It's one of those things that will get worse...
Adam Rosales hit two-run homers in the seventh and eighth innings, and the Oakland Athletics beat a Chicago Cubs' split squad 12-6 Sunday.
Rosales homered off Jason Berken in the seventh for an 8-6 lead, then homered against Steve Perakilis to drive in the final two runs.
Chris Young hit a three-run homer in the first off Scott Baker, making his first start since elbow ligament...