Andrus, Murphy club homers in Rangers' loss
Rotation candidate Harrison endures first rocky outing of spring
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Matt LaPorta hit a two-run triple in the bottom of the fifth that put the Indians ahead for good and Shin-Soo Choo padded a 12-6 win over the Rangers with a bases-clearing triple in the seventh on Friday at Goodyear Ballpark.The victory gave the Indians a split of their Friday split-squad doubleheader after an afternoon loss to the Royals. The Rangers have lost five of their last six. Both starters had tough nights.
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Carlos Carrasco, likely to be the Indians' No. 4 starter, went 4 1/3 innings and allowed five runs on seven hits and two walks. He struck out five. Only three of the runs were earned, but Carrasco still has a 5.84 ERA this spring.Matt Harrison, trying to win a spot in the Rangers' rotation, had his first bad outing of the spring. He was 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA entering the game but had trouble throwing strikes. He ended up allowing four runs on four hits and four walks in four innings. He also threw two wild pitches and hit a batter. Harrison had walked just two in his first nine innings before Friday night. Indians second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera went 2-for-3 with a two-run double in the second and a home run in the fourth, his second of the spring. Jack Hannahan, who has a chance to be the Indians' Opening Day third baseman, was 2-for-4 with two singles and a walk and is hitting .400 for the spring. Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus hit his first home run of the spring with one out in the first inning. He did not hit a home run last season and last left the park in a Cactus League game against the Giants on March 22, 2010, in Scottsdale. His last home run in the regular season came on Sept. 2, 2009, against Toronto. David Murphy, after reaching first base on catcher's interference for the second straight game, hit his third home run of the spring in the fifth inning.
Rangers up next: Right-hander Neftali Feliz makes his third start of the spring when the Rangers host the Mariners at 3:05 p.m. CT on Saturday in Surprise. Feliz is 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA in two starts and one relief appearance this spring. The Rangers are expecting Feliz to throw 75-80 pitches over five innings. He will be followed to the mound by Mason Tobin, the Rule 5 pick from the Angels. Tommy Hunter is scheduled to pitch five innings in a Minor League game.
Indians up next: Right-hander Justin Masterson will make his fifth start for the Indians in a 4:05 p.m. ET game on Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels in Tempe, Ariz. Masterson has a 6.00 ERA in his previous four starts and has rung up 12 strikeouts in 12 innings. Left-hander Scott Kazmir is the Angels' probable starter.
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.