TUCSON, Ariz. -- Kameron Loe has proven one thing this spring. He deserves to be on a Major League pitching staff after outpitching every other fifth starter candidate in camp. "There's no doubt in my mind," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He's had the best performance of any pitcher in camp." Loe's terrific spring continued on Sunday, as he held the Chicago White Sox to two runs on five singles in six innings in a 10-2 victory at Tucson Electric Park. It's the longest outing by a Rangers starter this month and Loe now has a 0.92 ERA for the spring.
He will be on the Rangers' Opening Day roster. He made it clear that he wants it to be as a starter. "I'm kind of stubborn," Loe said. "I'll be disappointed if I don't get that role, but I'll still be happy to be in the big leagues and help this team win." Forces conspire against him. The Rangers love Loe but see reasons why Jamey Wright should be the fifth starter. Loe could be more valuable as a long/middle reliever, especially in April when the fifth starter could only make three starts. Wright could also take his free agency if he's not added to the 40-man roster by Wednesday. The Rangers have talked about keeping their depth. They have talked about taking the best team. They have talked about having a bullpen that is a competitive advantage. They've talked about having a pitching staff that pounds the strike zone. Loe fits somewhere in every scenario. "There's been a lot of competition in camp to this point, but Kameron Loe deserves a lot of credit for the way he's gone about his business," Washington said. Relief watch: The latest on the battle for the final spots in the Rangers bullpen: Wes Littleton had his best outing of the spring on Sunday, retiring the White Sox in order in the seventh, and Washington said, "I saw him a little more aggressive, and his stuff was a lot sharper." Frank Francisco, working mainly on his offspeed stuff, allowed a run in a Minor League intrasquad game. He is scheduled to pitch again on Tuesday as the Rangers want to see if he can pitch on back-to-back days. Rick Bauer allowed one run on three hits in three innings in the intrasquad game.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.