Young hitters make their mark
Golson drives in three; Metcalf doubles twice vs. D-backs
Rangers 6, D-backs 4
at Tucson, Ariz.
Saturday, Feb. 28
Rangers at the plate: Greg Golson drove in the first three Texas runs. The right fielder legged out an infield hit in the second that scored Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Then, in the fourth, his double to left scored Andruw Jones and Saltalamacchia. Jones was 0-for-2 with a pair of strikeouts; on the spring, he is 1-for-9 with eight strikeouts. Travis Metcalf, who was 3-for-5, drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth with a double, and Joaquin Arias followed later in the inning with an RBI single.D-backs at the plate: Mark Reynolds drove in Arizona's first run with a double to right-center in the second inning. Josh Whitesell followed with a single to left to drive him in. Reynolds showed some patience the following inning, drawing a two-out walk. Chris Roberson homered to right field in the eighth. Rangers on the mound: Brandon McCarthy, who is trying to hold off a challenge from Kris Benson, started and allowed a pair of runs in two innings. Rangers top pitching prospect Neftali Feliz followed McCarthy to the mound and fanned four, including striking out the side in the third, over his two innings. Feliz allowed three hits. D-backs on the mound: Travis Blackley started for the D-backs and allowed one run on three hits over two innings. It was an important start for the left-hander, who is trying to win a spot on the pitching staff, and will be departing on Sunday for the World Baseball Classic. Scott Schoeneweis made his D-backs debut and allowed a pair of runs on three hits. Veteran non-roster invite Seth Etherton struck out four in two innings.
Cactus League records: Rangers 2-2; D-backs 2-2Up next: The D-backs play host to the A's on Sunday with Yusmeiro Petit getting his first start. With Felipe Lopez leaving the team to participate in the World Baseball Classic, infielder Ryan Roberts, a non-roster invitee, will get an opportunity to continue to impress, batting leadoff and playing second.
Vicente Padilla makes his first start for the Rangers on Sunday against the Mariners in Surprise, Ariz. Marlon Byrd is also supposed to play for the first time this spring. He has been sidelined while finishing his recovery from offseason knee surgery. The game will be broadcast on KRLD 1080 AM.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.