SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers pitcher Yhency Brazoban gave up a leadoff home run in the ninth inning on Monday, cutting the Rangers' lead to 12-11. Then he walked the next batter. When he threw ball one to the next hitter, his shortstop came in to give him a few words of encouragement.Brazoban is 30 and has pitched in 116 Major League games and two playoff games. The shortstop is 18 and was in his first ever Major League Spring Training game. But after Brazoban walked a second batter with two outs, moving the tying run into scoring position, Jurickson Profar went to the mound again to settle down his pitcher. "That's him," manager Ron Washington said. "He's locked into the game. He loves to play the game. He is not afraid." Profar, who also played in an intrasquad game with the Rangers, handled himself well, going 1-for-2 with a double. He also helped Brazoban get through the ninth. It was just a quick viewing of one of the Rangers' top Minor League players. "It was very exciting," Profar said. "I was nervous in the intrasquad game, but this was fun." Profar, one of three Rangers prospects listed in Baseball America's Top 100 this year, is one of over 50 Minor Leaguers who are working out here at the complex. He is not officially in Major League camp. The Minor Leaguers do not official report until March 7, but the Rangers complex is really open year-round, and many of the farm players are already here. When needed, some are brought over to the Major League side as extra players. Profar was given the chance on Monday. He may be back. "It's huge for them," Washington said. "We have been doing that for the last three years. It lets these kids know they are capable of playing over here."
Young has quiet day in field in debut at first
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Michael Young's first game at first base was far more eventful at the plate than in the field.Through three innings, Young did not have one single play to make except catch a few routine pickoff throws. "After a while I was working on my jumps going for foul balls," Young said.
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He finally had a couple of chances in the fourth, and they weren't too challenging, fielding one routine ground ball and taking one routine throw from second baseman Ian Kinsler."No surprises, pretty routine," Young said. "It was a little unusual, but at least it was game situations." Young, batting in the fifth spot, had far more action at the plate in his two at-bats, lining a double down the right-field line in the second inning and smashing a triple to center in the fourth. He was done after two plate appearances. "I worked on some things this offseason, and mechanically I'm farther ahead than I normally am this time of year," Young said. "I paid a lot of attention to some small things in the offseason before I got here, and I'm hitting the ground running."
Borbon hot on offense, not in the field
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Outfielder Julio Borbon is 3-for-5 in the Rangers' first two Cactus League games. Two of those hits are doubles, and he also stole two bases in Texas' 12-11 victory over the Royals on Monday.He has also made two errors in two games. Both were strictly routine plays. He dropped an easy fly ball on Sunday, and let a ground-ball single get past him on Monday. "Defensively, I'm kind of off to a slow start," Borbon said. "If it's going to happen, I would rather have it happen now and mentally correct it. I can't describe it. The only thing I can do is keep my head up and not let it carry over on the offensive side. There are no excuses." Manager Ron Washington wasn't about to get down on Borbon for a couple of February errors. "Julio can play," Washington said. "Now that he has had a taste of it and has been through his rookie season, he'll be fine. He's my center fielder."
Webb to have another 'pen session Tuesday
The latest on the Rangers pitching plans: Brandon Webb will have another bullpen session on Tuesday. Webb threw off the mound Sunday for the first time in 10 days and came through without problem. He threw long-toss on Monday. Neftali Feliz pitched live batting practice on Monday morning and will make his first Cactus League appearance on Thursday against the Indians in Surprise. The Rangers have a split-squad that day, with Tanner Scheppers and Eric Hurley pitching against the Cubs at Mesa. The Rangers are including Brett Tomko on their list of pitchers for Tuesday against the Mariners in Peoria. Matt Harrison is starting for the Rangers. Tomko, 37, has pitched in 389 games, including 266 starts, over 13 seasons, but has not appeared in the Major Leagues since 2009. The Rangers signed him at the beginning of camp to a Minor League contract, but without a Major League invite. He has been throwing on the Minor League side. Tommy Hunter pitches on Wednesday against the Angels. By the way, right-handers Blake Beavan and Josh Lueke are among the Mariners pitchers listed to face the Rangers on Tuesday. Both were traded to the Mariners in the Cliff Lee deal last season.
Adrian Beltre (strained calf muscle) is hitting and throwing inside the batting cages, but has not started running or doing agility drills yet. ... Craig Gentry (wrist) is taking live batting practice and should be ready to play in a game possibly later this week. ... Former Rangers first baseman Pete O'Brien and reliever Jeff Russell are in camp as guest instructors.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.