at Tucson, Ariz.
Thursday, March 11
Rangers at the plate: Texas exploded for its biggest offensive output of the spring so far. Julio Borbon, Nelson Cruz, Chris Davis, Taylor Teagarden and Elvis Andrus each drove in at least two runs apiece, with Davis hitting his first home run of the spring, a towering shot to right-center field off Rockies starter Aaron Cook. The Rangers hit seven doubles Thursday, with Cruz, Teagarden, Michael Young, Andrus, Josh Hamilton, Chad Tracy and David Murphy all contributing two-base hits. Davis and Andrus had four-hit afternoons and Young went 3-for-3.Rockies at the plate: Brad Hawpe looked good in his first Cactus League game, stroking doubles in his first two at-bats and finishing the game 2-for-3. Chris Iannetta went 2-for-2 with two RBIs. Michael Paulk went 1-for-3 with a triple and scored the Rockies' first run. Melvin Mora drove in a run with a fielder's choice RBI.
Rangers on the mound: Starter Scott Feldman gave up three runs on five hits in 2 1/3 innings, but the Rangers' relievers shut down Colorado after that. After Clay Rapada got the Rangers out of the third inning, Dustin Nippert was stellar, throwing three shutout innings and giving up one hit while striking out one.Rockies on the mound: Cook got his work in and then some, throwing 73 pitches in 2 2/3 innings and giving up five earned runs on nine hits while striking out three and walking one. Samuel Deduno gave up four runs on seven hits in two innings, and Franklin Morales struggled for the second straight outing, giving up two runs on four hits in two innings.
Lefty reliever Jimmy Gobble left the game after getting two outs in the ninth, complaining of pain in his left groin. "I asked him, 'Did it pop?'" Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "He said it didn't pop but he felt it on the last pitch he threw." Tracy said Gobble would be re-evaluated Friday.Worth noting: Mora, who was signed as a utility player, made his second start of the spring at second base. Mora has already made starts at third, his primary position in Baltimore last year, as well as the outfield. Rangers non-roster invitee Tracy, who happens to be the son of Rockies manager Jim Tracy, made the trip to Tucson, hit a pinch-hit double and scored. Cactus League records: Rangers 2-4; Rockies 6-4 Up next: Matt Harrison continues his bid to win the fifth starter job Friday when he takes the mound against the Padres at 2:05 CT at Surprise Stadium. Harrison, who had surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome, has more velocity on his fastball and topped out at 97 mph last week. He's competing with Brandon McCarthy, C.J. Wilson, Neftali Feliz for the final spot in the rotation.
The Rockies stay at home at Hi Corbett Field and take on the San Francisco Giants and right-hander Todd Wellemeyer at 1:10 MT. The Rockies will counter with lefty Jorge De La Rosa, who hopes to continue on his strong start this spring. In two appearances, De La Rosa has pitched five shutout innings. Also on tap for the Rockies is the expected Cactus League debut of Jason Giambi.
Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less