SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz got hit across the knuckles on a pitch from Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar in the third inning Wednesday night. Rangers outfielder Julio Borbon received a figurative rap across the knuckles from manager Ron Washington in the 10th inning.
Borbon's scolding might have been more painful than Cruz getting hit by a pitch in the Rangers' 7-6 victory in 10 innings at Surprise Stadium.
Borbon, trying to win a job as the Rangers' center fielder or at least a reserve outfielder, upset his manager by fouling off two squeeze bunt attempts in the 10th. Borbon, batting with one out and a runner on third, ended up striking out.
"First time you foul one off, that happens," Washington said. "The second time, there is no excuse. You get a second shot, you're not supposed to miss the second shot."
Washington pointed out that the Rangers work on bunting every morning. He also made his feelings clear to Borbon in a private conversation on the bench.
"There's no excuse for not bunting," Washington said. "That's their job. If they can't do that ..."
Cruz was hit by a pitch in the third inning and came out of the game after striking out in the fifth.
"The ball grazed him across the knuckles," Washington said. "His next at-bat, he took a swing and grimaced. So I took him out of there. He had a little bit of pain but nothing was broken."
Cruz did not have X-rays taken. He will be re-evaluated on Thursday.