Dellucci, Wilkerson homer in Texas' loss

Dellucci, Wilkerson homer in Texas' loss

at Surprise, Ariz.
Sunday, March 18

Diamondbacks at the plate: Eric Byrnes went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs. Byrnes has a career-high eight home runs in 160 regular season at-bats against the Rangers. Two of his three home runs this spring have come at Surprise Stadium, and both have hit the left-field foul pole.

Rangers at the plate: David Dellucci batted leadoff for the fourth time in six games, hitting a two-run home run and striking out twice. Brad Wilkerson, the other leadoff candidate, batted fifth and was 2-for-3 with a home run and a double. Mark Teixeira was 0-for-3 in his first game back from the World Baseball Classic.

Diamondbacks on the mound: Diamondbacks starter Brandon Webb was almost scratched when his wife, Alicia, gave birth to a daughter, Reagan, just after midnight. But he went out and pitched, allowing three runs on five hits. He had pitched nine scoreless innings prior to the outing.

Rangers on the mound: Kevin Millwood made his first start in an "A" game this spring and retired the first seven hitters before two walks led to a run in the third inning. He struck out the side in the fourth before giving up a two-run home run in the fifth. In all, he allowed four runs in 4 2/3 innings. Millwood has two starts left before Opening Day.

Cactus League records: Diamondbacks 13-5; Rangers 7-8.

Up next: Adam Eaton pitches for the Rangers against the Chicago Cubs at 1:05 p.m. MST on Sunday in Mesa.

The Diamondbacks are back home in Tucson Electric Park on Sunday, hosting the San Diego Padres at 1:05 p.m. Brad Halsey, Brian Bruney, Jason Grimsley and Casey Daigle are all scheduled to pitch for Arizona.

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