at Surprise, Ariz.
Friday, March 29
Rangers at the plate: Nelson Cruz continues his torrid spring. He hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning. He now has five home runs and 18 RBIs. He also had a pair of doubles on the afternoon, leaving him 3-for-4 and he's now hitting .358 on the spring. Michael Young had a pair of doubles to go 2-for-3 and has 12 hits in his last 23 at-bats.Rockies at the plate: Ian Stewart hit his first home run of the spring with a two-run shot in the second inning. He also had an RBI single in the sixth. Carlos Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a double to raise his spring average to .354
Rockies on the mound: Jason Hammel, the Rockies fifth starter, made his last start of the spring and allowed five runs in five innings. He had a 4-1 lead going into the bottom of the fifth but allowed four runs.Worth noting: Rangers catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia was in the lineup for the first time since March 19. He has been sidelined with muscle spasms in the left side of his neck. He caught six innings and was 0-for-3 at the plate. Cactus League records: Rangers 8-16; Rockies 14-12 Up next: Rockies right-hander Justin Speier struggled on Sunday in his bid to lock down the final bullpen spot. He'll have another chance on Tuesday when the Rockies meet the Dodgers at Hi Corbett Field. Speier pitched one inning plus three batters and gave up four runs, but two were unearned. Left-hander Greg Smith will start for the Rockies in their next-to-last home game at Hi Corbett. The team is moving to a new complex in the Scottsdale, Ariz., area next spring.
The Rangers make their final trip to Tucson when they play the D-backs at 3:05 p.m. CT Tuesday at Tucson Electric Park. First baseman Chris Davis, shortstop Elvis Andrus, outfielder Julio Borbon and catcher Taylor Teagarden are among those who are making the trip. Colby Lewis will pitch for the Rangers and Chris Ray is also scheduled to make an appearance. Lewis has a 7.15 ERA for the spring.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less