03/17/09 6:55 PM ET
Big hitters provide St. Patrick's Day win
Kinsler, Young, Hamilton too much for Indians in blowout
By Alan Eskew / Special to MLB.com
At Surprise, Ariz.
Tuesday, March 17
Rangers at the plate: Josh Hamilton continued his torrid spring, going 2-for-4 to raise his average to .395. Hamilton, who won the American League RBI crown last year, drove in three runs, bringing his total to 14. Michael Young had three hits, including a double, and scored two runs, while driving in another. Marlon Byrd went 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to seven games. He has raised his average from .154 to .365 in the streak. He also drove in two runs and has a RBI in five straight games.
Indians at the plate: Grady Sizemore had two hits, including his first home run, to raise his average to .435. Matt LaPorta stroked two hits, including his third double in 27 at-bats. Michael Aubrey went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and a RBI, and is hitting .476.
Rangers on the mound: Right-hander Scott Feldman pitched well for four innings, getting out of a bases loaded jam without a run in the third, but was roughed up for five runs in the fifth. His final line: 4 1/3 innings, eight hits, five runs, three earned, one walk, four strikeouts and one homer. Josh Rupe worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings, giving up two hits.
Indians on the mound: Cliff Lee, who won the 2008 American League Cy Young Award, gave up 10 runs, nine earned, on 11 hits, while walking one, striking out two, hitting a batter and throwing a wild pitch. Lee's ERA jumped to 18.90 in three starts. Kerry Wood worked a spotless inning, striking out one.
Cactus League records: Rangers 10-9, Indians 7-11-1.
Up next: The Rangers will start Brandon McCarthy, who is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in his first two starts, on Wednesday at 3:05 p.m. CT against San Diego at Peoria.
Alan Eskew is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.