Reaction: Koji Uehara has clean inning

March, 20, 2012
3/20/12
6:16
PM CT
MESA, Ariz. -- It sure looked like Koji Uehara's best inning of the spring, when he got a ground out and two fly balls in 12 pitches in Tuesday's 6-2 win against the Chicago Cubs.

But Uehara wasn't convinced.

"Not necessarily," Uehara said through a translator. "I'm planning to be better."

Still, Uehara threw strikes and got three straight outs. And even he noted that "zero" was good to see on the scoreboard after giving up runs in his last few outings.

"I'm a command pitcher and I'm not content with how I'm throwing the fastball," Uehara said. "Maybe I'm not acclimated to the Arizona weather."

Uehara admitted that his split-fingered fastball doesn't break the way he'd expect out here.

"The splitter doesn't split," Uehara said.

Other notes:

Borbon's defense: Julio Borbon was not credited with an error in the first despite a ball going off his glove in center. Borbon had a long way to run, but the ball hit his glove and dropped. Starlin Castro was given a triple.

"I was going full speed on it and it came out of my glove," Borbon said.

A few innings later, Borbon tried to sprint over and cut a ball off in center, but missed it. It turned what appeared to be a Blake DeWitt double into a triple.

"I wasn't close on it," Borbon said. "I took two steps forward and by the time I could try to cut it off, I couldn't get there. I could see [Craig] Gentry out of the corner of my eye and I didn't want to dive and run into him."

Homer for Brown: Dusty Brown was the catcher while Mike Napoli got a day off his feet as the DH. Brown hit a two-run homer in the second inning and grounded into a double play in the fourth.

Deep counts: Napoli has a habit of getting into deep counts and he did that again Tuesday. He worked Ryan Dempster to 3-2 counts in the second and fourth and walked both times. He scored on Brown's homer in the second.

Gentry tries to steal: Don't underestimate the importance of OF Craig Gentry at least attempting to steal second in the third. He was caught stealing but hasn't been running this spring and the Rangers wanted to see him try it. Gentry, who has dealt with some injuries this spring, will get a chance to play the entire game Thursday as he tries to get more at-bats and playing time. Gentry had two infield hits, showing off his speed.

Martin belts one: With two outs and one on in the ninth inning, Leonys Martin belted his second homer of the spring over the Rangers bullpen in right field. That gave the Rangers a four-run cushion heading into the bottom of the ninth.

Kirkman's outing: LHP Michael Kirkman pitched two scoreless innings with one hit allowed (a double). He had one strikeout and hit a batter.

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