Young helps Rangers to hot start
Third baseman collects two hits before leaving game early
RANGERS 11, ROCKIES 5
at Tucson, Ariz.
Friday, March 20
Rangers at the plate: Michael Young had a single and a double in two at-bats before leaving the game with tightness in his left quadriceps muscle. He could miss a couple of days. Nelson Cruz hit a two-run home run -- his fourth long ball of the spring -- and a double, and Frank Catalanotto hit a three-run blast. Ian Kinsler led off the game with a double and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth. Elvis Andrus chipped in with two hits and one run scored.
Rockies at the plate: Ian Stewart got the Rockies on the board in the fourth inning with a solo homer to left-center field, his second round-tripper of the Cactus League campaign. In the fifth inning, Ryan Spilborghs hit his second double of the game and scored on a sharp Todd Helton single to center. Then he added a single in the ninth to go 3-for-4. Paul Phillips drove in Colorado's third run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth and fourth run with a fielder's choice in the eighth. Brad Hawpe doubled in the sixth inning, but then he exited the game with a cramp in his left hamstring. He'll be reevaluated on Saturday.
Rangers on the mound: Matt Harrison became the second Rangers pitcher to go five innings this spring, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks. He struck out three. Derrick Turnbow gave up one run on two hits in one inning. In Surprise, Ariz., on Friday, Jason Jennings pitched two innings in a Minor League game, throwing 49 pitches.
Rockies on the mound: Starter Jason Marquis went five innings in his longest outing of the spring, and he gave up six runs on seven hits, including two home runs, while striking out six. Marquis singled in his only at-bat. Juan Morillo allowed two runs on three hits in one inning. Manny Corpas gave up his first Cactus League run on three hits in one inning. Corpas' competition for the closer role, Huston Street, pitched a scoreless frame.
Cactus League records: Rangers 13-9; Rockies 8-11-1
Up next: With Young out because of tightness in his left quad, Hank Blalock could return to third base on Saturday against the Rockies in Surprise. Blalock started at third base on Thursday for the first time this spring. Kevin Millwood will start for Texas in the 3:05 p.m. CT game.
The Rockies will travel north Saturday to take on the Rangers again, this time at Surprise Stadium. Jorge De La Rosa will get the start, and he will be followed by Corpas, who will complete his first back-to-back stint of the spring, plus Jason Grilli and Ryan Speier. Game time is at 2:10 p.m. MT.
Doug Miller is a national writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.