03/06/09 6:25 PM ET
Boggs shines in Rangers' loss
Right fielder collects three hits, three RBIs and two runs
By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com
at Surprise, Ariz.
Friday, March 6
Rangers at the plate: Brandon Boggs belted a solo home run high over the right-field wall against right-hander Julio Pimentel. Boggs had three RBIs, adding a run-scoring single in the fifth and a double that snapped a 4-4 tie in the eighth. Minor Leaguer Johnny Whittleman added a two-run homer.
Royals at the plate: Mike Jacobs belted his second home run of the spring, a drive just over the left-center-field wall off right-hander Casey Daigle. Alex Gordon had a double in three at-bats and is 4-for-9 in his last three games after a 1-for-9 start. Mitch Maier knocked in two runs with a single and a double.
Rangers on the mound: Starter Tommy Hunter worked three innings and gave up two runs. Brendan Donnelly, making his first appearance after dealing with back pain, worked one inning and gave up one run, two singles and a walk. Josh Rupe worked a perfect sixth. Neftali Feliz had a scoreless seventh, but he gave up three runs in the eighth.
Royals on the mound: Left-hander Heath Phillips, getting a start because Gil Meche pitched in a "B" game, reeled off three scoreless innings. Kyle Farnsworth whizzed through a perfect inning with two strikeouts. Two walks and a throwing error by Matt Wright helped the Rangers tie the score in the seventh. Yasuhiko Yabuta was unable to retire any of the five batters he faced, giving up three runs in the eighth. Joel Peralta relieved him and struck out three straight batters. Brandon Duckworth was scratched because of illness.
Cactus League records: Rangers 5-4; Royals 4-3-2
Up next: The Rangers will be on local television for the first time at 2:05 p.m. CT on Saturday when they play the White Sox. Vicente Padilla will be on the mound and Josh Hamilton, who is hitting .500 this spring, will be in the lineup for the game, which will be broadcast in Texas on Fox Sports Southwest.
The Royals will get their first look at Goodyear Stadium when they meet the Indians at 2:05 p.m. CT on Saturday. This is the Tribe's first year back in Arizona after 16 years at Winter Haven, Fla. Kyle Davies, who is trying to nail down a rotation spot, will make his third appearance for Kansas City. He has pitched five scoreless innings to date. Another rotation candidate, Horacio Ramirez, also will pitch for the Royals.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.