The Rangers swept their split squad contests today. Both of the games ended up as high-scoring affairs after a morning of anticipation about young pitching. Neftali Feliz pitched two scoreless yet shaky innings. Derek Holland had himself a decent first spring start. Chris Davis hit a 9th inning game winning three-run home run to win the game in Surprise for the Rangers.
Jeff Wilson has a write up on the day of winning and mentions that Ian Kinsler and Mitch Moreland remained hot with home runs for each.
Caplan writes that on a day when many of the Rangers best young pitchers were hitting the mound early in games, it was Eric Hurley who had the best day. I am looking forward to Eric Hurley collecting his Rookie of the Year award.
Someone awesomely named Carrie Muskat has a recap of the game in Mesa against the Chicago Cubs. The Rangers won the game in equally dramatic fashion after David Paisano hit a tie-breaking two-run --almost-inside-the-park-homer-- triple with two outs in the eighth off a former D of DVD Thomas Diamond.
Jeff Caplan says Tanner Scheppers was battling back stiffness which contributed to his reported dramatic decline in velocity and arm action. Hopefully, it really is just a tweaked back and not his arm though any injury for a pitching is never particularly great news.
The DMN has more information on the Rangers ballpark promotions this season. I will pay any of you in hugs and American dollars if someone picks me up one of those replica AL Champions rings.