6-5, 0.5 GU
As usual, the Arizona Fall League took Sunday off. The Rafters return home to face the Peoria Javelinas on Monday evening.
La Guaira was stomped by Caracas, 14-5, on Sunday afternoon, and the Rangers players didn't provide much help. DH Max Ramirez was hitless in four official at-bats. He walked once and struck out twice.
Shortstop Renny Osuna had one single in four at-bats for the Tiburones, raising his average to a paltry .143. The 25-year-old is just 5-for-35 with one double, five walks, and four strikeouts in his first nine games this winter.
Lefty specialist Joe Ortiz permitted a hit to the only batter he faced in the game.
No Rangers appeared in Sunday's action in the Dominican Republic. United States-born Rangers pitchers Doug Mathis and Brandon McCarthy will be playing for the Toros del Este this winter.
Left-hander Mike Ballard turned in an excellent start for Caguas, as he earned the win in his club's one-run triumph over Mayaguez. Ballard yielded one run and scattered five hits over five innings, walking zero and striking out seven.
The 26-year-old is beginning his second winterball season with Caguas. He posted a 2-1 record with a 3.18 ERA in 34 innings with the club last year. Ballard spent his entire 2010 regular season with Triple-A Oklahoma City, logging a 5.09 ERA in 111.1 innings.
Ballard, who has spent the last two seasons working between the starting rotation and bullpen, features an 86-88 mph fastball, a solid changeup, and a big curveball to go along with the occasional cutter.
The circuit has begun its 2010 campaign, but there will be no Rangers players participating this season.
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