at Peoria, Ariz.
Wednesday, March 17
Rangers at the plate: Texas was home run happy Wednesday night, blasting four long balls into the Peoria night. Nelson Cruz had a big night, going 3-for-3 with three RBIs and blasting two home runs to right-center field. Josh Hamilton also homered in a 1-for-3 night, and Chris Davis added a blast to left-center. He went 2-for-3. Leadoff hitter Julio Borbon went 2-for-4 with a run scored.Mariners at the plate: Seattle was kept relatively quiet at the plate Wednesday night, but Ichiro Suzuki had an RBI single, a stolen base and a walk. Chone Figgins had a walk and a base hit, Jack Wilson doubled and scored and Casey Kotchman added a single.
Worth noting: Mariners left fielder Milton Bradley was ejected by home-plate umpire Dan Bellino in the third inning for appearing to protest a called third strike by dropping his bat. He was replaced by Ryan Langerhans. Rangers center fielder Borbon continued to answer questions about his defensive ability when he robbed Figgins of a hit in the third inning, diving to snare a sinking line drive in a highlight-reel play.Cactus League records: Rangers 5-8-1; Mariners 5-8-1. Up next: The Mariners stay home in Peoria on Thursday and face the Colorado Rockies in a 1:05 p.m. PT start that will be televised on MLB.TV. Lefty Ryan Rowland-Smith gets his third start of the spring, his last outing coming March 12 when he gave up three runs on four hits in two innings against Kansas City. Rowland-Smith is slated to be followed by righties Mark Lowe, Sean White, David Pauley and Chad Cordero. Right-hander Jason Hammel is scheduled to start for the Rockies.
The Rangers host the Brewers at 8 p.m. CT on Thursday in Surprise, Ariz., with the game being broadcast on MLB.TV. Tommy Hunter and Matt Harrison pitch for the Rangers. Hunter continues to have the inside track on the fourth spot in the rotation, while Harrison is competing against C.J. Wilson and others for the fifth spot.
Doug Miller is a national writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less