Rangers fall in Arizona finale

Brandon McCarthy and the Rangers finish their Arizona portion of the exhibition schedule with a 7-5 loss to the Kansas City Royals.

The Good

Sammy Sosa returned to the Rangers lineup after missing three games because of a stomach virus and hit his fifth homerun of the spring.

Matt Kata collected a double and a triple as part of a 2 for 4 afternoon. It's looking like he'll break camp on the final roster, and he has definitely earned it with his play all spring long.

Minor leaguer Casey Benjamin added a two-run blast in the sixth off Royals closer Octavio Dotel.

Brandon McCarthy was not dominant, but he was effective. He was finished after 5.2 innings of work, allowing three runs on five hits, striking out four and walking two batters. The one blemish on his day came via an erroneous fastball that was crushed out of the park by Mike Sweeny for a two-run homer.

Good showing by most of the bullpen today, with Ron Mahay rebounding from a revolting spring outing last time to throw 1.1 innings of scoreless ball and C.J. Wilson allowing one hit and no runs in his inning of relief.

The Bad

Another error in the field, committed today by Jerry Hairston.

The Ugly

Ezequiel Astacio made his second appearance of the spring, and it was about as memorable as his first. He entered the game following Ron Mahay's scoreless inning and a third of work and allowed three runs on four hits, one of them coming via the long ball.

Notable

Outfielder Jason Botts and Ramon Vazquez have been sent to Triple-A. Botts will continue to play left field down there. Also, Francisco Cruceta has been taken off the 40-man and outrighted to Triple-A.

The Rangers return home to the D/FW area tonight and head to the Dr. Pepper Ballpark, home of the Double-A Frisco Roughriders, for a game against the Milwaukee Brewers tomorrow night. Robinson Tejeda will take the hill first for the Rangers and will be matched up against Jeff Suppan for the Brewers.
KANSAS CITY (7) AT TEXAS (5)

 KANSAS CITY      AB  R  H BI  TEXAS            AB  R  H BI
 D DeJesus cf      3  0  1  0  K Lofton cf       2  0  0  1 
 G Koonce 1b       0  1  0  0  M Byrd cf         2  1  1  0 
 M Grudzielanek 2b 3  0  1  0  M Kata 2b-1b      4  1  2  0 
 R Lewis pr-2b     0  1  0  0  M Young ss        3  0  0  0 
 M Teahen rf       4  1  1  3  J Hairston Jr ss  0  0  0  1 
 M Aviles 3b       0  0  0  0  M Teixeira 1b     2  0  0  0 
 M Sweeney dh      3  1  1  2  C Benjamin 2b     2  1  1  2 
 C Clark ph-dh     1  1  1  0  S Sosa dh         3  1  1  1 
 A Gordon 3b       3  0  0  0  H Blalock 3b      2  0  0  0 
 F Cortez 3b-2b    1  0  1  1  A Fox 3b          2  0  0  0 
 R Shealy 1b       2  0  0  0  B Wilkerson lf    2  1  1  0 
 J Padilla lf-rf   2  0  0  0  T Donovan lf      2  0  1  0 
 R Gload lf        2  1  2  1  N Cruz rf         3  0  1  0 
 A Greenberg cf    2  0  0  0  C Stewart c       2  0  0  0 
 J Buck c          4  0  1  0  G Quiroz c        2  0  0  0 
 T Pena Jr ss      4  1  0  0  
 TOTALS           34  7  9  7  TOTALS           33  5  8  5

 KANSAS CITY               001 002 040 --  7
 TEXAS                     001 003 010 --  5

 E--J Hairston Jr. DP--KANSAS CITY 1. LOB--KANSAS 
 CITY 2, TEXAS 4. 2B--F Cortez, M Kata. 3B--M Kata.
 HR--R Gload 1 (2) (off B McCarthy), M Sweeney 1 
 (2) (off B McCarthy), M Teahen 1 (4) (off E 
 Astacio), C Benjamin 1 (1) (off O Dotel), S Sosa 1
 (5) (off O Dotel). SB--C Clark 1 (1), B Wilkerson 
 1 (2), N Cruz 1 (2). CS--F Cortez, J Buck. S--R 
 Lewis. SF--J Hairston Jr.
                                   IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR
  KANSAS CITY
 O Perez                            3   2   1   1   0   1   0
 R Braun                            1   0   0   0   0   0   0
 D Riske                            1   0   0   0   1   1   0
 O Dotel                            1   3   3   3   0   3   2
 J Standridge (W,1-2)               1   0   0   0   0   0   0
 R Giron                            1   2   1   1   1   0   0
 J Plummer (S,2)                    1   1   0   0   0   1   0
  TEXAS
 B McCarthy                     5 2-3   5   3   3   0   4   2
 R Mahay                        1 1-3   0   0   0   0   0   0
 E Astacio (L,0-2)                  1   3   4   3   1   1   1
 C Wilson                           1   1   0   0   0   1   0

 SO--KAN: T Pena Jr 2, M Teahen 2, A Gordon, J 
 Padilla. TEX: M Young, M Byrd, A Fox, C Stewart, N
 Cruz, M Kata. BB--KAN: G Koonce. TEX: N Cruz, S 
 Sosa. T--2:34. A--5,248.

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