Now Commenting On:

{"event":["spring_training" ] }

Lowe introduces himself nicely in debut

Lowe introduces himself nicely in debut play video for Lowe introduces himself nicely in debut

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.

{"event":["spring_training" ] }
{"event":["spring_training" ] }
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español