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Lewis feels good after spring debut for Rangers

Lewis feels good after spring debut for Rangers

Lewis feels good after spring debut for Rangers
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh and rallied for a 12-11 victory over the Royals on Monday at Surprise Stadium.

Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas, who tied for the lead among all Minor Leaguers in 2010 with 36 home runs, went deep for the first time this spring, hitting a three-run bomb in the top of the seventh. One of Kansas City's other top prospects, Eric Hosmer, added a solo shot in the ninth.

The game turned into an Arizona sloppy spring slugfest only after both starters got their work done and exited the game.

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Rangers starter Colby Lewis, who allowed five runs in an intrasquad game, threw two scoreless innings in his first Cactus League outing of the spring. He retired six of seven batters, walking only Billy Butler with two outs in the first inning.

"It's still Spring Training," Lewis said. "I'm going out, exercising my arm and getting what I need to do in each inning. I'm able to keep the ball down, but I've still got to work on getting ahead of guys. I feel the way I should feel. My arm feels good and I'm bouncing back well. It's the small stuff I need to work on, but that's what spring is all about."

Royals starter Vin Mazzaro, acquired from Oakland in the David DeJesus trade, also had two scoreless frames despite giving up leadoff doubles in both the first and second innings. Both times the runner did not score, as the Rangers were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position off him.

"I was just trying to spot my fastball and changeup," Mazzaro said. "Those are my two big pitches, and you want to get those down. Just keep it low, keep it down and get early contact."

Michael Young had a relatively quiet day for the Rangers at first base. Playing the position for the first time, Young had one routine grounder and had to catch one routine throw on a grounder to second baseman Ian Kinsler.

The Rangers' offense, after going 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position through three innings, broke through in the fourth with a pair of home runs. The Rangers trailed 3-1 going into the inning before Young tripled and Mike Napoli smashed a two-run home run to tie the game.

Kinsler added a three-run home run in the inning against Royals pitcher Everett Teaford. He was 2-for-2 with a double, walk and home run.

Mike Aviles and Butler had big hits in a pair of three-run rallies for the Royals. Aviles had a two-run triple in the third and Butler had a two-run single in the fifth.

Up next for Rangers: David Murphy will get his first start in the outfield on Tuesday, when the Rangers travel to Peoria and face the Mariners. Murphy and Julio Borbon are both on the trip while Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz remain in Surprise. Borbon is being given a chance to be the Rangers' regular center fielder, but Murphy will continue to get his at-bats as the fourth outfielder.

Up next for Royals: Luke Hochevar, the top candidate to be the Opening Day starter, will get his first Cactus League action and is scheduled to pitch two innings against San Diego in Tuesday's 2:05 p.m. CT game at Surprise Stadium. Rookie Aaron Crow, getting a shot at the rotation, also is scheduled to work two innings. Left-hander Mike Montgomery and hard-throwing right-hander Jeremy Jeffress are among five pitchers scheduled for one inning each.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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