The Texas Rangers fought their way past the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday, winning by a final score of 14-5.
Rangers hitters had four home runs and 10 extra hits in the win. During their three-game winning streak in Cactus League play, Texas scored 43 runs while hitting .414 with 11 homers and 26 extra hits.
Mitch Garver hit two homers against former Ranger Lance Lynn in each of his first two plate appearances, his first homers of the spring. Garver’s first home run followed Corey Seager’s second long pitch of the spring, as the pair threw back-to-back hits in the first inning. Seager reached safely in each of his first three Cactus League games in a Texas uniform, going 4 for 7 with two home runs, five RBIs and one walk in eight plate appearances.
Among other notable performances:
- Brad Miller went 2-for-3 with a brace, and is now 4-for-7 with a homer and a brace in his first two games with the Rangers.
- Bubba Thompson hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning, his second homer of the spring. Thompson has appeared in all five games so far, going 4 for 8 with two home runs, two doubles, four RBIs and a walk.
- Jake Marisnick hit a two-run triple in the Rangers’ fourth five-run run.
- Josh Smith had a brace, a walk, a stolen base and two runs scored in two plate appearances as a reserve. Smith has had three consecutive games and is 4 for 7 this spring with a home run, a double, three RBIs and three walks.
- Blaine Crim went 2-for-2 with one RBI and two runs scored.
- Nick Tropeano pitched two scoreless innings, working around a pair of walks with two outs in the fifth inning and picked up the win.
- Jesus Tinoco threw a perfect seventh inning, inducing three outs on the ground. He now has two scoreless runs this spring.
- Chase Lee threw a scoreless eighth.
- Daniel Robert posted a scoreless ninth inning and has two scoreless innings with five strikeouts in two appearances.
The Rangers travel to Mesa Thursday for a road game at 3:05 p.m. CT against the Oakland Athletics. Right-hander Jon Gray (0-0, -.–) will take the ball for Texas and start against Oakland left-hander Sean Manaea (0-1, 33.75).
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Rangers sign pre-arbitration player contracts
Rangers have signed 28 of their 29 pre-arbitration eligible players for 2,022 contracts. Only Adolis García saw his contract renewed.
According to the source, García’s renewal was for $714,000, the same amount Rangers were offering on his contract.
“Players have the right to take a renewal, and Adolis has chosen to do so this year,” president of baseball operations Jon Daniels said in a statement. “We look forward to working with Adolis and seeing him continue to help the club and excite our fans.
All 41 players on the MLB roster, including Jonathan Hernández (60-day injured reserve), are now under contract.
While all 27 of the 28 remaining pre-arbitration players signed in the range of $702,000 to $720,000 (based on time on duty), Spencer Patton signed for $1,480,000, per source. Although not yet eligible for arbitration, Patton has earned a higher salary as he signed a larger free agent contract ahead of the 2021 season after returning from Japan.