Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Surprise six: Wednesday recap
By Jeff Caplan
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers pounded out four home runs Wednesday and defeated division rival Los Angeles Angels, albeit an Angels lineup heavy on non-starters, 10-6 Wednesday.
Here's six area of interest on a rather quiet Wednesday in camp.
1. Tommy Hunter got his spring off to a strong start with two scoreless innings of work. He allowed just one hit and struck out two. He threw just 22 pitches, 17 for strikes, easily the lowest pitch count and highest ratio of the Rangers' first four starters.
2. The edition of Sports Illustrated on the racks now features a profile on Rangers left-handed pitcher C.J. Wilson. However, Wilson didn't think the piece was entirely accurate on some accounts. Wilson visited with GAC & Co., Wednesday on 103.3 FM. It's must-listen radio.
3. Catcher Yorvit Torrealba was a late scratch in Tuesday's game with a tight muscle in his back. He was feeling better Wednesday and he hopes to be ready to catch Neftali Feliz in Thursday's split-squad game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
4. Feliz makes his spring debut in Thursday's split-squad game in Surprise. He was initially going to follow lefty Derek Holland, but the Rangers decided to start Holland in the other split-squad game against the Chicago Cubs in Mesa. All eyes will be on Feliz. That's where manager Ron Washington and pitching coach Mike Maddux will be, watching their 22-year-old flamethrower begin his run to try to make the starting rotation.
5. The Rangers got the power going in the win over the Angels with four home runs. David Murphy hit three-run shot and Ian Kinsler sent a shot deep into left field, his second home run of the spring. Also hitting the long ball were Chad Tracy and Doug Deeds, who knocked his second of the spring.
6. If Alexi Ogando is going to be a serious candidate as the Rangers' next closer if Feliz joins the starting rotation, he's going to have to learn that every pitch doesn't have to be a strike. Ogando gave up two runs on four hits in two innings Wednesday and manager Ron Washington said the hard-throwing righty has to learn how to move pitches around and not simply try to gun everything down the middle of the plate. More on that in the morning.