Nevin delivers, but Rangers fall

Nevin delivers, but Rangers fall

at Peoria, Ariz.
Saturday, March 12

Rangers at the plate: Kevin Mench went 2-for-3 with a double and a single. Phil Nevin drove in the Rangers' runs with a double in the fifth inning off Seattle reliever Sean Green. Mark DeRosa doubled in the sixth, and Hank Blalock and D'Angelo Jimenez singled in the third.

Mariners at the plate: Raul Ibanez continued his sizzling spring, singling in the first, doubling in the third and hitting his third homer of the spring, a solo shot to lead off the bottom of the sixth. Roberto Petagine homered on the next pitch and had two hits overall. Jeremy Reed led off the game with his first homer of the spring. Carl Everett and Jose Lopez had doubles.

Rangers on the mound: Two fifth-starter candidates went head to head, with Josh Rupe and Juan Dominguez both appearing in the game. Rupe started and gave up two runs on four hits in 3 1/3 innings of work. Dominguez relieved Rupe and took care of business until the sixth, when he gave up the back-to-back homers to Ibanez and Petagine, before pitching into and out of a jam, stranding runners on second and third.

Mariners on the mound: Starter Felix Hernandez looked good, throwing three shutout innings, striking out two, walking one and giving up three hits. Green gave up two runs on three hits in two innings of relief. Kevin Appier extended his spring scoreless-innings streak to five by pitching shutout sixth and seventh frames. J.J. Putz made his second appearance of the spring and pitched another scoreless inning.

Cactus League records: Rangers 5-4; Mariners 4-6.

Up next: The Rangers play a home game Monday in Surprise Stadium against the Kansas City Royals, with Edison Volquez getting the start for Texas against Royals righty Mike Wood in the 2:05 p.m. CT start. They'll also play a "B" game at home against the Mariners at 10:30 a.m., with Kevin Millwood facing off against Seattle lefty Jamie Moyer.

The Mariners will play the "B" game in the morning, with pitchers Moyer, Cesar Jimenez, Yorman Bazardo, Lindsay Gulin and Marcos Carvajal slated for action. In the afternoon, they'll host the Angels in Peoria at 2:05 p.m., with Gil Meche, Travis Blackley, Dave Burba, Jeff Harris, Scott Atchison and Renee Cortez scheduled to pitch.

Doug Miller is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.