Fielder's strong spring continues as Rangers tie Sox

Fielder's strong spring continues as Rangers tie Sox

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Rangers may or may not have heard about Carlos Rodon's status as one of Major League Baseball's top prospects and a burgeoning force in the White Sox rotation in the not-too-distant future. But they didn't seem overly bothered by Rodon's pedigree during the first inning of Wednesday's Cactus League contest at Camelback Ranch.

Texas knocked out four hits in the opening frame against Rodon, forcing the left-hander to throw 30 pitches. The Rangers scored three times, with Prince Fielder and Joey Gallo, a top third-base prospect, picking up run-scoring singles in an eventual 4-4 tie between the clubs.

To Rodon's credit, he settled down after the first and worked 2 1/3 innings in total. The southpaw threw 42 pitches, with 26 for strikes, striking out one and walking one.

Yovani Gallardo started the "B" game for Texas earlier in the day against the White Sox. Alec Asher took Gallardo's spot in the Cactus League game and allowed one run on two hits over two innings, while fanning one.

Leonys Martin and Ryan Rua had two hits apiece for the Rangers, while Conor Gillaspie added two hits for the White Sox. Javy Guerra, Daniel Webb, Zach Duke, Dan Jennings and Jake Petricka threw one scoreless inning apiece for Chicago in relief.

Andy LaRoche tied the game in the eighth inning with a double to left field to score Courtney Hawkins.

Up next: Right-handed pitcher Anthony Ranaudo will get the start as the Rangers host the White Sox at 3:05 p.m. CT on Thursday in a game that can be heard via an exclusive webcast. Ranaudo, then a member of the Red Sox organization, went 14-4 with a 2.61 ERA in 24 Triple-A starts last season.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.