03/05/10 5:45 PM EST
Feldman starts spring with strikes
Pitcher goes two innings in first Cactus appearance
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
at Surprise, Ariz.
Friday, March 5
Rangers at the plate: Nelson Cruz was 1-for-2 with an RBI double and a walk. David Murphy was 1-for-2 and was hit by a pitch. Vladimir Guerrero was 0-for-3 and Michael Young was 0-for-2 before retiring for the day. Taylor Teagarden was 0-for-2 with two strikeouts.Royals at the plate: Billy Butler was 1-for-3 with an RBI double in the first inning. Rick Ankiel tripled to left-center in the third and scored on a sacrifice fly by Alberto Callaspo. Rangers on the mound: Scott Feldman needed an efficient 21 pitches -- including 14 strikes -- to get through two innings. He allowed one run on a two-out single by David DeJesus and a double by Butler in the first inning. He threw first-pitch strikes to six of eight batters. Royals on the mound: Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke needed just 27 pitches to get through three scoreless innings. He retired nine of 10 batters, allowing only a single to Murphy. He struck out three as 19 of 27 pitches went for strikes. Roman Colon pitched two impressive innings, retiring six straight hitters. Worth noting: Center fielder Rick Ankiel threw out Nelson Cruz trying to go from second to third on a line-drive single by Chris Davis in the fifth. Cruz held up to see if the ball would be caught. Rangers leadoff hitter Julio Borbon faced Greinke twice. He went down on one pitch both times, popping out in the first and getting thrown out by Greinke on an attempted bunt in the third. Cactus League records: Rangers 1-1; Royals 1-1 Up next: Tommy Hunter makes his first start for the Rangers against the Royals at 2:05 p.m. CT at Surprise Stadium. Hunter comes into camp as the leading candidate to be the Rangers' fourth starter but knows he still has to win the job. Matt Harrison, a leading candidate for the fifth spot, will also pitch for the Rangers. Closer Frank Francisco also pitches in his first game.
Gil Meche, who'll follow Greinke in the season-opening rotation against the Tigers, follows him against the Rangers to make Saturday's start. The Royals also plan to use right-hander Aaron Crow, their first-round Draft choice last year. Crow has minimal pro experience -- 17 innings in 2008-09 for the independent Fort Worth Cats and four starts (0-2, 5.87 ERA) last year in the Arizona Fall League. Also making his KC debut will be left-hander Edgar Osuna, the Rule 5 Draft choice from the Braves.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.