03/15/09 7:00 PM ET
Young, Davis, Arias pound homers
Byrd extends hitting streak to eight games as Rangers beat Friars
By Alan Eskew / Special to MLB.com
At Surprise, Ariz.
Sunday, March 15
Rangers at the plate: Michael Young, Chris Davis and Joaquin Arias each hit their first Spring Training home runs. Texas' six-run fourth featured Josh Hamilton's two-run double. Marlon Byrd went 2-for-3 and is 8-for-15 during his six-game hitting streak, raising his average to .357.
Padres at the plate: Peter Ciofrone and Chad Huffman homered for the Padres. Chris Snelling, whom the Padres signed Friday, doubled and drove in three runs. Brett Dowdy collected two hits and walked.
Rangers on the mound: Right-hander Kevin Millwood, who has been named the Rangers Opening Day starter, went five innings, allowing four runs on six hits with one walk and two strikeouts. This was a marked improvement over his previous outing, when he gave up 10 runs on 12 hits to the Dodgers. Joe Torres walked four in one inning and gave up one hit -- a home run -- while striking out two. He yielded two runs after not giving up a run in his first three appearances. Willie Eyre worked a scoreless seventh, giving up a hit and striking out one. He has given up just one unearned run and four hits in four innings in four outings.
Padres on the mound: Wade LeBlanc flirted with danger in his two innings. In the second, he walked three and threw two wild pitches. Nick Schmidt didn't retire any of the six batters he faced. He allowed three hits, walked two and a runner reached on an error. His ERA jumped to 11.25.
Cactus League records: Rangers 9-9, Padres 4-9-3.
Up next: The Rangers have an off-day Monday. They will host the Indians on Tuesday at 3:05 p.m. CT. Right-hander Scott Feldman will start for the Rangers, while the Indians will counter with left-hander Cliff Lee. Luis Mendoza, Derrick Turnbow and Jose Rupe are also scheduled to pitch for Texas. Kerry Wood and Joe Smith are scheduled to follow Lee for the Tribe.
The Padres have an off-day Monday, but return to Cactus League play at 1:05 p.m. PT on Tuesday in Peoria, Ariz., to face the Los Angeles Angels.
Alan Eskew is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.