04/03/10 5:27 PM ET
Cruz hits RBI double in return to lineup
Five Rangers nail doubles in final spring loss to Royals
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
at Frisco, Texas
Saturday, April 3
Rangers at the plate: Nelson Cruz, who missed Friday's game with a sore thumb, returned to the lineup and was 2-for-2 with an RBI double. That gave him 20 RBIs for the spring. Michael Young was 1-for-2 on the afternoon and hit .429 for the spring. Ryan Garko started at first base and had a pair of doubles.Royals at the plate: Mitch Maier was 3-for-3 with two RBIs. He hit .475 for the spring and led the team with 19 RBIs. Billy Butler was 2-for-3 with three RBIs, leaving him with a .333 batting average and 14 RBIs in 69 at-bats for the spring. Second baseman Chris Getz had a three-hit game. Rangers on the mound: Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison allowed five runs in five innings. Harrison is the fifth starter for the Rangers but in his last three outings in Spring Training, he allowed 17 runs over 17 1/3 innings. He finished with a 5.14 ERA. Chris Ray faced six batters in the seventh inning and retired just one batter. He allowed five runs on four hits and a walk. Royals on the mound: Brian Bannister allowed six runs on nine hits over four innings in his final outing of the spring. He struck out two and did not walk a batter. In his last two exhibition games, he allowed 11 runs in eight innings and finished the spring with a 7.41 ERA. Worth noting: The Rangers tied a club record with their 19th loss of the spring. This was the fifth time these two teams played in Spring Training. They were even at two games each going into Saturday's game. Cactus League records: Rangers 10-19; Royals 14-13 Up next: The Rangers are off on Sunday before opening the season at 1:05 p.m. CT Monday against the Blue Jays at the Ballpark in Arlington. Scott Feldman, a 17-game winner, will be on the mound for the Rangers against Shawn Marcum for the Blue Jays. The Rangers will be without second baseman Ian Kinsler, who is starting the season on the disabled list with a sprained right ankle. Andres Blanco will be the Rangers' starting second baseman.
The Royals are off on Sunday and open the season on Monday at Kauffman Stadium with Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke on the mound against Justin Verlander for the Tigers. Game time is at 3:10 p.m. CT. Greinke was 16-8 with a league-leading 2.16 ERA for the Royals in 2009. He was 3-0 with a 4.29 ERA in five starts for the Royals in Spring Training.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.