"It's pretty good," Sosa said. "After the year off to come back and face live pitches and not look that bad, I feel pretty good myself. I thought I would be a little bit behind, but I'm not."Sosa is expected to be the Rangers' designated hitter on Saturday and then play right field on Sunday. He is expected to play the entire game on Saturday. "I feel 100 percent confident that tomorrow's going to be better because I'll see more pitching," Sosa said. "Today was my first test and I feel great about it." Gagne watch: Eric Gagne threw 50 pitches off the mound on Friday, his first mound work since getting zapped by an intestinal virus. "He threw all his pitches and looked good," pitching coach Mark Connor said. "He just has to get over this flu bug or virus or whatever you want to call it." The Rangers are hoping Gagne can make his spring debut on March 10 against the San Francisco Giants in Scottsdale. Tickets moving: The Rangers sold 124,838 tickets on Friday, the first day that single-game tickets were made available to the public. They sold 120,525 tickets on the first day last year and 112,297 on the first day in 2005. He said it: "That's Cat. Wake him up on Christmas Day and he'll drop you a couple of line drives." --Manager Ron Washington on Frank Catalanotto's two doubles in Friday's exhibition opener. She said it: "Considering I paid on our first date -- actually we went 50-50 -- I never dreamed we would be sitting here talking about $80 million." --Cristina Young at Friday's press conference announcing the signing of her husband, shortstop Michael Young Koronka struggles: Rangers pitcher John Koronka pitched a scoreless third inning on Friday, but then gave up six runs in the fourth inning in an 8-6 loss to the Royals. "He got the ball in the wrong place," Washington said. "His next outing will prove what he's made of." Kameron Loe was the highlight of the afternoon for the Rangers, pitching two scoreless innings. "Loe was sharp," Washington said. "He pounded the strike zone and kept the ball in play." Briefly: First-base coach Gary Pettis is away from the team for a few days because of personal reasons. ... Infielder Joaquin Arias still can't play the field because of a sore shoulder, but may get at least one at-bat in Saturday's game.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Scott Merkin contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.