ATHLETICS 5, RANGERS 2
at Surprise, Ariz.
Saturday, March 24
Rangers at the plate:
Hank Blalock had two singles with an RBI in two at-bats. That was his first multihit game since going 2-for-3 against the Royals on March 3. Kenny Lofton had a single and a walk in two plate appearances.
Athletics at the plate:
Travis Buck hit his first home run of the spring, a two-run shot in the second inning. Nick Swisher had a pair of doubles, including one that brought home a run, and Dan Johnson was 2-for-3.
Rangers on the mound:
Brandon McCarthy had some trouble with the strike zone and allowed five runs on six hits and four walks in 2 2/3 innings. Ron Mahay took over for him and forced in two runs with walks but followed that with two scoreless innings. Akinori Otsuka also pitched a scoreless inning.
Athletics on the mound:
Esteban Loaiza became the first Athletics pitcher to go six innings this spring, holding the Rangers to two unearned runs on seven hits. He has a 1.59 ERA in his last two outings.
Cactus League records:
Rangers 13-8; Athletics 13-10.
The Athletics send Jason Windsor and Brad Halsey to the mound against the Seattle Mariners at 1:05 p.m. PT Sunday at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. The Rangers are at Tucson Electric Park at 3:05 p.m. CT Sunday to play the Chicago White Sox.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.