03/16/10 12:12 AM ET
Hot-hitting Cruz belts first spring homer
Harden gives up five runs in 3 2/3 innings vs. Giants
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
at Surprise, Ariz.
Monday, March 15
Rangers at the plate: Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz hit his first home of the spring in the bottom of the second inning. He is hitting .417 with 10 hits in his first 25 at-bats. He also has six walks in 31 plate appearances.Giants at the plate: Center fielder Darren Ford drove in three runs with a single, double and sacrifice fly. Catcher Buster Posey continues to swing a hot bat for the Giants. He was 2-for-4 and now has multi-hit efforts in five of his last six games. He is hitting .440 for the spring. Giants outfielder Fred Lewis was used at designated hitter and hit a two-run home run in the first inning. He now has three home runs for the spring, the most on the Giants. Rangers on the mound: Rich Harden allowed five runs in 3 2/3 innings. Harden allowed five hits and three walks and struck out four while throwing 80 pitches. He has a 9.72 ERA. Edwar Ramirez made his first appearance for the Rangers since being acquired from the Yankees and allowed a run in 1 1/3 innings. Giants on the mound: All-Star closer Brian Wilson pitched two innings for the second time this spring and retired six of seven batters. He walked one and struck out one. Opponents are 4-for-25 off him this spring. He has a 2.57 ERA.
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Worth noting: Rangers center fielder Julio Borbon made a terrific running, diving catch in deep right-center on a long drive by Pablo Sandoval to end the fourth inning. The Giants had two runners on the time.Cactus League records: Rangers 4-7; Giants 10-4 Up next: Neftali Feliz and C.J. Wilson pitch for the Rangers on Tuesday against the Cubs at 3:05 p.m. CT in Mesa, Ariz. The game can be heard on texasrangers.com. First baseman Chris Davis is expected to be back in the lineup Tuesday after getting Monday off. Davis, going into Monday's game, was hitting .538, the highest in the Cactus League. He was second with a .571 on-base percentage and eighth with a .531 slugging percentage. Tuesday is Tim Lincecum's day to pitch, which means all eyes will be on the two-time National League Cy Young Award winner when the Giants confront the Cleveland Indians at 1:05 p.m. PT in Goodyear, Ariz. The right-hander has compiled a 9.82 ERA while opponents have hit .421 off him in two Cactus League starts. Lincecum does have five strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings, indicating that at his stuff's not completely lacking, but consistency is. Right-hander Jake Westbrook is scheduled to start for Cleveland.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.