Blalock, Nix go deep in Rangers' win

Blalock, Nix go deep in Rangers' win

at Tucson, Ariz.
Friday, March 17

Rangers at the plate: Laynce Nix's two-run home run in the ninth off of Agustin Montero erased an 8-7 deficit and gave Texas the victory. It was Nix's first spring home run. Hank Blalock had two hits off Mark Buehrle, including his first spring home run, which drifted out to left field. Gerald Laird launched his first Cactus League long ball, a three-run shot that carried out of the park in the fifth.

White Sox at the plate: Josh Fields came through with the go-ahead double in the eighth, capping a White Sox rally after trailing by five runs through six innings. Jermaine Dye hit his third home run of the spring, a long blast to left off of Juan Dominguez, caught by one of the fans in the stands. A.J. Pierzynski delivered his first home run, crushing a Dominguez offering to right, and added a single in the seventh.

Rangers on the mound: Dominguez held down a White Sox lineup, missing only leadoff hitter Scott Podsednik among the regulars, for four innings Friday. In a big spring start factoring into a battle for the starting rotation, Dominguez struck out two and allowed three hits. Two of those three hits left the park.

White Sox on the mound: Buehrle's effort wasn't as rough as it looked, as the left-hander was the victim of three unearned runs. Buehrle worked five innings, allowing nine hits and four earned runs. He struck out five and walked one.

Cactus League records: Rangers 7-7, White Sox 3-13

Up next: Javier Vazquez gets his first taste of the Cubs-White Sox rivalry when the two teams face off for the first time this spring at Tucson Electric Park on Saturday afternoon. Glendon Rusch starts for the Cubs. Texas returns to Surprise to take on Arizona, with Kevin Millwood facing off against Brandon Webb.

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