Rangers win 13-4 at home over Red Devils

Associated Press  |  Last updated April 03, 2012
Michael Young had a pair of RBI doubles, though one of them should have been his first home run this spring, and the Texas Rangers beat the Mexico City Red Devils 13-4 on Tuesday night. Ian Kinsler homered and Nelson Cruz had a two-run double before leaving the game with a bruised left elbow for the two-time defending American League champions, who played at Rangers Ballpark for the first time since the World Series last October. Young thought he had a three-run homer in the first inning when his long flyball to center ricocheted back onto the field. He was trotting toward second base when umpires instead ruled it was a double. Manager Ron Washington came out to question them, but the umpires conferred and stuck with their call. Television replays, which aren't used by umpires in exhibition games, showed that the ball cleared the 8-foot wall and came back on the field after hitting concrete behind there. Young hit .423 in 19 Cactus League games before the Rangers broke camp Sunday, but had no homers and only three RBIs in 52 at-bats in Arizona. Cruz followed with his double, putting the Rangers ahead to stay at 3-1. The ALCS MVP left his second exhibition game in a week after being hit by a pitch. He took a ball off his left elbow in the third inning and was pulled for a pinch-runner. The Rangers said X-rays were negative and that Cruz was day to day. The exhibition game was played only hours after heavy storms moved through the region and produced multiple tornadoes. Workers at Rangers Ballpark took shelter in hallways during a pair of tornado warnings when the strong storm front passed through the area during the middle of the afternoon. There was no damage at the stadium, though a video taken by catcher Zach Zaneski showed dark clouds rolling through the sky overhead while gusty, swirling winds lifted the tarp that was covering the field. Matt Harrison wrapped up an impressive spring that ensured he remained in the starting rotation. The left-hander, a 14-game winning last season, struck out five with no walks while giving up one earned run in his scheduled four innings. Harrison had a 1.69 ERA in his four Cactus League starts. He struck out 14 with two walks in 16 innings in Arizona. New Rangers closer Joe Nathan struck out three and gave up an unearned run over 1 2-3 innings in relief of Harrison. Setup reliever Mike Adams left after being struck on the right calf by a comebacker in the eighth inning. Mexico City led 1-0 in the first when Japhet Amador had a sacrifice fly after consecutive singles by Ivan Terrazas and Oscar Robles. Red Devils starter Rolando Valdez retired the first two batters he faced before Josh Hamilton doubled, Adrian Beltre walked and Young had his over-the-wall double to tie the game at 1. Hamilton led off the third with a single and scored when Young ripped a doubled down the left-field line for a 4-1 lead. Yorvit Torreabla had a sacrifice fly later in the inning. Notes: Rangers GM Jon Daniels says it's ''more than likely'' right-handed reliever Yoshinori Tateyama (back stiffness) will start the season on the disabled list. ... Yu Darvish gets his final tuneup for the season Wednesday when the Rangers play their final exhibition game, at Double-A Frisco. Manager Ron Washington says he expects Darvish to go four innings or about 65 innings, the same as Harrison on Tuesday night. ... Darvish signed one of his Japan League No. 11 jerseys and had it framed to give to hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh's son, his way of thanking Coolbaugh for giving up the No. 11 so he could wear that with the Ranger.
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