03/24/09 7:15 PM ET
Jones, Cruz slug away as Rangers tie
Designated hitter gets two hits; outfielder smacks home run
By Jim Street / MLB.com
at Peoria, Ariz.
Tuesday, March 24
Rangers at the plate: Andruw Jones was given a chance to show what he can do in the cleanup spot and went 2-for-6 with an RBI double. He is a candidate to fill that spot against left-handers. So is Nelson Cruz, who hit his fifth home run of the spring. Josh Hamilton, who had just one hit in his previous 10 at-bats coming into the game, went 2-for-3.Mariners at the plate: Ken Griffey Jr. had his first two-hit game of the spring, hitting doubles in the third and fifth innings, and drove in two runs. His second double hit high off the blue wall in center field. Griffey also walked in the first inning. First baseman Chris Shelton went 3-for-5, raising his spring average to .488. Reegie Corona, a Rule 5 Draft pick, and Minor League outfielder Tyson Gillies each had two hits. Rangers on the mound: Brandon McCarthy allowed six runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. He walked three and struck out three. He had thrown eight scoreless innings, allowing just one hit, in his previous two outings. C.J. Wilson threw two hitless innings in relief, striking out a batter. Mariners on the mound: Left-handed starter Jarrod Washburn became the first Seattle pitcher to go six innings, holding Texas to three runs. Right-hander Randy Messenger's recent struggles continued as he surrendered three runs in one inning. Cactus League records: Mariners 12-12-2, Rangers 14-10-1. Up next: Vicente Padilla pitches against the Diamondbacks at 8:05 p.m. CT on Wednesday in Surprise. It's the first night game of the spring for the Rangers and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest. Brendan Donnelly and Jimmy Gobble are also scheduled to pitch.
Jim Street is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.