B game fever: Hall, German have 2 hits


SURPRISE, Ariz. -- I didn't get a chance to see Tuesday's B game between the Rangers and Royals, but I did receive a box score (thanks to Court at the Rangers' PR office). A few notes from that:

* Toby Hall was the DH and was 2-for-3 with a run scored. He told me that he's been pleased with his swing, which he says is improving every day. He's supposed to throw to second base this week. Once he feels comfortable with that, he should be ready to catch in games (and build up his endurance).

* Max Ramirez was the catcher and was 1-for-3 with a run scored. Manager Ron Washington mentioned on Monday that Ramirez's defense is improving and he likes what he sees behind the plate. If Ramirez can hit and get acclimated with first base, he's still a possibility to make this club.

* LF Brandon Boggs was 2-for-3 with five RBIs that included a home run. Boggs (knee) is not limited any more. We should see him in an "A" game soon.

* RHP Luis Mendoza gave up one run on five hits with two walks and a strikeout in 1 2/3 innings pitched. Willie Eyre pitched a scoreless inning with a strikeout. Pedro Strop gave up two runs on two hits (including a homer) in his lone inning. And Guillermo Moscoso got the save in the Rangers' win, pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings (he had two strikeouts and a walk).

The Rangers will face the Brewers in a B game at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday. Texas has a night game in Surprise at 6:05 p.m. on Thursday and one in Peoria tonight at 7:05.