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Deeds delivers to back stellar Harrison

Deeds delivers to back stellar Harrison

Deeds delivers to back stellar Harrison
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Doug Deeds didn't start Saturday afternoon's game for Texas against the White Sox at Camelback Ranch.

But the outfielder delivered a big fourth-inning hit to help propel the Rangers to a 4-1 victory in Cactus League action.

Deeds replaced Endy Chavez, who left in the third after suffering a cramp in his right calf while running the bases. With Jose Ruiz on third and Esteban German on second and two outs, Deeds came through against White Sox starter Edwin Jackson to score a pair of early insurance runs, making the score 4-0.

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Texas pitching held the White Sox offense scoreless until the seventh. Adam Dunn opened that frame with a rare triple and scored on Alex Rios' slow roller to first base.

Matt Harrison worked four dominant innings against a White Sox lineup missing only Gordon Beckham from its starting nine, with Mark Teahen getting the call at third base. The southpaw gave up two hits and struck out four.

Jackson allowed Deeds' two-run single and a two-out triple from Andres Blanco in the second, scoring Mitch Moreland and Ruiz. Texas touched up Jackson for eight hits, with Jackson fanning three. The White Sox right-hander said that this was the best he felt throwing during Spring Training.

Rangers center fielder Craig Gentry left the game with a bruised right shoulder after hitting the wall chasing Dunn's triple. He did not go for X-rays and said he should be fine.

Up next for Rangers: Right-hander Tommy Hunter will be on the mound for the Rangers against the Giants in Surprise, Ariz., on Sunday at 3:05 p.m. CT in a game available on MLB.TV. This will the second of two meetings between the 2010 World Series combatants this spring. They faced off in Scottsdale on March 7 with the Giants winning, 4-1. The Rangers lineup should include Ian Kinsler, who is hitting .393 with five home runs in 10 games.

Up next for White Sox: Lastings Milledge has made an impression on Ozzie Guillen and the White Sox, and will get another day to showcase his abilities during Sunday afternoon's 3:05 p.m. CT game against a Dodgers split squad. Milledge will hit sixth against Hiroki Kuroda and start in center, flanked by Juan Pierre and Carlos Quentin. Omar Vizquel at shortstop and Ramon Castro at catcher are the only other non-regulars slated to be in the lineup, suiting up behind John Danks. The White Sox also will have a B game Sunday morning, with Mark Teahen, Tyler Flowers and Brent Lillibridge in the starting lineup.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Being Ozzie Guillen and follow him on twitter at @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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