at Tucson, Ariz.
Tuesday, March 30
Rangers at the plate: Nelson Cruz continued his hot spring at the plate with a double in the fourth inning. The Rangers broke through for a pair of runs in the fifth, the second of which came when pitcher Colby Lewis scored on a groundout by Elvis Andrus. Lewis had advanced to third on a double by Julio Borbon, which just landed inside the right-field line.D-backs at the plate: A quiet day for the Arizona hitters. Gerardo Parra snapped out of a funk at the plate with a pair of hits. Adam LaRoche reached base his first two times up, though the second was a bit painful as he was hit on the hand with a pitch.
Rangers on the mound: Lewis made his final Cactus League start. The right-hander is slated to be the Rangers' No. 4 starter. He pitched his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the third when he got Mark Reynolds to pop out to shallow right to end the inning. Lewis helped out his own cause in the fifth with a broken-bat bloop single to center that scored Esteban German.D-backs on the mound: In his final tuneup before his Opening Day start, Dan Haren lasted 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander stranded runners in scoring position in three of the first four innings before being touched for a pair of tallies in the fifth. Haren fanned seven and did not allow a walk. Worth noting: This was the final game at Tucson Electric Park for the D-backs, who will train next spring at a new facility in Scottsdale, Ariz. Arizona has trained in Tucson since the club's inaugural season in 1998. Cactus League records: Rangers 9-16-1; D-backs 13-14-1. Up next: Michael Young, who did not travel to Tucson on Tuesday, will be back in the lineup on Wednesday when the Rangers host the Mariners at 3:05 p.m. CT in Surprise. Young has 12 hits in his last 23 at-bats, raising his average to .440 for the Cactus League. He is also 4-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Rich Harden starts in his last outing of the spring before pitching the second game of the season against the Blue Jays.
The D-backs will travel across town to take on the Rockies at Hi Corbett Field in what will be the team's final Spring Training game in Tucson. Beginning next season, the D-backs will move their spring headquarters to Scottsdale. Kris Benson will get his first Cactus League start after being signed to a Minor League deal by Arizona a few weeks ago. While he is not a candidate for the No. 4 spot in the rotation, he is in the running for a call up when the team needs a No. 5 starter on April 17.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less