Off to nice start: Ponson impresses

Off to nice start: Ponson impresses

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Sidney Ponson told the Rangers he was ready to pitch. His performance on Wednesday suggests he wasn't kidding.

Ponson made his first appearance for the Rangers in a Cactus League game and pitched two scoreless innings. He also ended up as the winning pitcher in the Rangers' 5-4 victory over the Cubs.

"That was nice," manager Ron Washington said. "You do want to see him pitch again. That was quick and easy. He was good. He kept the ball down, threw it all over the plate, changed speeds and worked fast. He was aggressive."

Ponson, clocked at 93-94 mph, did walk a batter with one out in the sixth but quickly erased that mistake with a ground-ball double play. He retired the order in the seventh and ended up facing the minimum of six batters.

"I was happy with it," Ponson said. "A couple of ground balls, a double play, a strikeout ... I wasn't happy with the walk, but I got the double play after that. I'll take it."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.