Rangers fall short against White Sox

Rangers fall short against White Sox

at Surprise, Ariz.
Thursday, March 23

White Sox at the plate: Leadoff hitter Scott Podsednik went 3-for-4, including a leadoff triple in the first, scored two runs and drove in another. Minor League catcher Gustavo Molina was 2-for-3 with two walks and Paul Konerko was 2-for-4.

Rangers at the plate: Kevin Mench hit his fifth home run of the spring in the second inning, and Ian Kinsler hit his fourth in the third inning. Shortstop Michael Young and third baseman Hank Blalock were 2-for-3 with a pair of singles. Mark DeRosa hit his first home run of the spring, while Jason Botts was 2-for-4.

White Sox on the mound: Hideo Nomo started and pitched two innings, giving up a home run to Mench and two other singles. Brandon McCarthy pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a single and two strikeouts.

Rangers on the mound: Kevin Millwood made his second start of the spring and allowed three runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out two. The White Sox scored two runs in the fifth inning, taking advantage of three errors committed by Blalock at third. Francisco Cordero pitched a scoreless eighth despite walking two and giving up a double.

Cactus League records: White Sox, 6-16; Rangers, 8-11.

Up next: R.A. Dickey pitches for the Rangers against the Chicago Cubs at 8:05 p.m. CT on Friday. He will be opposed by Carlos Zambrano for the Cubs. A couple of former teammates face off at 2:05 p.m. CT in Peoria when Freddy Garcia pitches for the White Sox against Jamie Moyer and the Mariners.

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