SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Derek Lowe wanted to make a good first impression with the Rangers. He did just that Friday afternoon at Scottsdale Stadium.
Lowe, in his first Cactus League appearance for the Rangers, pitched two scoreless innings against the Giants. He allowed two hits and a walk just nine days after agreeing to a Minor League contract with the Rangers.
"Nine days ago I was pitching batting practice to my 9-year-old's Little League team," Lowe said. "Usually you have time to ease into Spring Training. Now I have to make a good impression."
Lowe started his afternoon by giving up a single to Andres Torres, who stole second base. But Lowe got Marco Scutaro to line out to right field, and Craig Gentry gunned down Torres trying to go to third.
"We might still be out there if not for that," Lowe said.
Pablo Sandoval flied out to left to end the inning. Buster Posey started the second with a walk but only after fouling off a couple of full-count pitches. Hunter Pence forced him at second with a grounder to short and Brandon Belt singled to right. Then Lowe finished his work by getting Gregor Blanco to ground one back to the mound, inducing a force at second, and retiring Brandon Crawford on a fly to center.
"The second inning was a lot better than the first," Lowe said. "I thought the first inning was a little rough but we got the line-drive double play. But the second inning was more competitive pitching. You can't duplicate this. You have to get out there and get in the competition and build on it."
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.