Bats, pitching combine for solid win

Robinson Tejeda throws two scoreless innings as the Rangers win in their first televised game of 2007.

The Good

First televised game of the spring and boy, it felt good. And there's certainly a lot worth mentioning:

Fifteen innings in a row without allowing an earned run. Although it's just spring that's still a little statistic to be proud of.

In his two innings of work, Robinson Tejeda struck out a batter and allowed just two two-out, first inning singles. The club hopes he'll be capable of pitching the way he did towards the end of last season, and today was surely a good sign for the Rangers and their number four guy in the rotation.

Although he still may be on the outside looking in as far as making the rotation goes, A.J. Murray had a very solid inning of work in the eighth. He displayed outstanding location with his pitches and produced two strikeouts and a weak groundball out. In fact, I would be remiss to not mention that Rangers pitching only allowed one extra-base hit all afternoon.

Miguel Ojeda looks like he'll be an extremely solid guy to have backing up Gerald Laird behind the plate. Ojeda crushed a two-run homer to centerfield, but did give up three stolen bases to a very speedy Colorado Rockie team.

Jason Botts showed that while Sammy Sosa may have the inside track, he's not going down without a fight. He added a two run triple to the wall in right center in the 7th inning.

Ian Kinsler and Jerry Hairston Jr. both went 2 for 3 on the afternoon with a run batted in for each.

The Bad

Although Frank Francisco was able to reach the high 90's on his fastball, he had trouble with his location and walked a couple of batters in his inning of work. But you've got to be happy to see he's back to his fireballing ways.

During the Francisco inning, Jerry Hairston Jr. allowed a routine grounder and sure-fire double play ball to go right through the wickets for an error.

In the third, Josh Rupe had some control issues and didn't seem like he had very good command of his sinker. He did rebound, however, and put together a solid three up, three down performance the next inning.

The Ugly

Nope, nothing. But hey: It's baseball, it's on television, the regular season is right around the corner, so you won't find me talking about anything ugly today.


Although he's now out of contention for the rotation, John Rheinecker(back spasms)could throw off a mound in the bullpen on Tuesday and hasn't been ruled out of a relief role as of yet.

The Rangers started Cruz in centerfield on Monday and although he misplayed one ball and allowed it to fall for a single, the club hopes he displays enough versatility to be used as a platoon partner for Kenny Lofton against left-handed pitching.

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