Rua's two-run jack sets early tone for Rangers

Rua's two-run jack sets early tone for Rangers

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Ryan Rua, who is trying to win a job in left field, hit a two-run home run off of Royals starter Kyle Zimmer to help lift the Rangers to a 6-4 victory on Sunday at Surprise Stadium.

Mike Moustakas played his first game for the Royals since ACL surgery on his right knee last May. Moustakas, who will alternate between DH and third base this spring, walked and went 0-for-2.

Andy Ibanez, the Rangers' No. 12 prospect according to, also hit a home run after being brought over from the Minor League side.

Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish, almost two years removed from Tommy John surgery, looked sharp in his first spring outing, throwing 1 2/3 shutout innings.

Darvish, Banister on performance

Darvish threw 37 pitches and touched 96 mph a few times while sitting at 93-94. He gave up one hit, walked two and struck out two.

"It was a good first day to get him back out there," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "We are comfortable with what we saw. Obviously the two walks, that's not where we would like to be. But he got out there and got his work in."

Zimmer, who is coming off thoracic outlet syndrome surgery last August, wobbled a bit through 1 1/3 innings. He gave up four hits.

Zimmer's velocity touched 95 mph in the first inning, but it tapered off to 90-91 in the second. He walked one and struck out one.

"I thought he was OK," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "But I don't put a lot of stock into first outings in Spring Training."

Chase Vallot, the Royals' No. 7 prospect, hit a two-run triple as Kansas City rallied for three runs in the ninth.

Up next for Rangers: Listen live for free to an exclusive webcast as Eddie Gamboa pitches against the Brewers in Surprise, while Chi Chi Gonzalez faces the Indians in Goodyear on Monday in split-squad action. Both games start at 2:05 p.m. CT. Gamboa is a knuckleballer, who was acquired from the Rays on Feb. 14. Both are candidates for the fifth spot in the rotation.

Up next for Royals: The Royals will see former teammate Jarrod Dyson in action for the first time since he was traded in the offseason when they face the Mariners on Monday live on Gameday Audio at 2:10 p.m. CT in Peoria. Left-hander Jason Vargas, who could be the Royals' No. 3 or No. 4 starter, gets the ball.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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