W – Ramirez (8-3)
HR – Cruz (26), Gold (13)
49-41, 6.5 GU
Elizardo Ramirez threw 128 pitches in eight innings, scattering 11 hits. He gave up three runs, walked three, and struck out four.
Right fielder Nelson Cruz (.349/.450/.701) got his slugging percentage back over the .700 mark by going 3-for-4 with a double and a three-run homer.
Nate Gold was 1-for-4 with a home run. It was his third long ball in six games and his second in as many days.
Smoking hot leadoff hitter Joaquin Arias (.302/.328/.397) was 3-for-4 with a walk. He has gone 8-for-14 with six RBIs over his last three games, pushing his season average above the .300 mark.
Ryan Roberts (2/4) singled twice while Casey Benjamin (1/3, 3B) tripled.
W – Lee (1-0)
SV – Laughter (5)
HR – Majewski (6), Borbon (1)
12-3, 2.0 GU
The Rangers signed 33-year-old left-hander Derek Lee to take an empty spot in the rotation for Frisco. This marks the fourth consecutive year that Lee has filled a spot in the Rangers'system.
Lee tossed six scoreless innings, allowing only two hits. He struck out three without walking a batter.
Centerfielder Julio Borbon was 2-for-4 with a double and a line drive home run. They were his first two extra-base hits at the Double-A level.
Dustin Majewski (.301/.405/.470) was 1-for-2 with a home run and a walk. It was his sixth home run of the season, but also his fourth in eight contests. He also extended his hitting streak to 12 games.
Relievers Alfredo Gonzalez, Joselo Diaz, and Andrew Laughter all hurled scoreless innings.
L – Poveda (0-3)
4-12, 9.0 GB
Omar Poveda appears to be caught in arguably his worst slump of his career.
The 20-year-old pitcher allowed eight runs on six hits in four innings on Saturday. He walked three and struck out four.
After getting off to a solid start, Poveda has surrendered 17 runs in 12.2 innings over his last three starts.
Second baseman Renny Osuna singled four times in five at-bats.
Grant Gerrard (3/5, 2B) and Marcus Lemon (1/5, 2B) both doubled while Chad Tracy singled twice in five at-bats.
Right-hander Dan Sattler struck out two in three shutout innings of relief.
W – Kirkman (2-0)
HR – Greene (13, 14), Moreland (6, 7), Lawson (4)
7-10, 4.0 GB
The L-Kings mashed their way to an easy victory on Saturday.
Left-hander Michael Kirkman cruised through seven shutout innings. He gave up six hits, walked just one, and struck out three.
Kirkman's control problems appear to be a thing of the past. After issuing 37 walks in 40.1 innings last season, he's given out just eight free passes in 30.2 frames this year.
First baseman Mitch Moreland (.327/.401/.520) was 4-for-6 with a double, two home runs, and five runs batted in.
Not to be out done, Jonathan Greene (.243/.360/.461) went 3-for-5 with two homers and three RBI.
Greene is sporting a sexy .701 slugging percentage with seven home runs in 14 games since the Midwest League All-Star break.
Matt Lawson (3/5, HR) also went deep while Davis Stoneburner (3/5, 3B) tripled.
Engel Beltre (2/6, 2B) and Miguel Alfonzo (2/5, 2B) both doubled.
Reliever Julio Santana returned from the disabled list to toss a shutout inning.
W – Nevarez (1-1)
14-5, 2.0 GU
Joey Butler (.453/.547/.660) appears to be showing no signs of slowing down. His hitting streak went to 10 games on Saturday, as he was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a walk.
Starter Carlos Pimentel yielded two runs in four innings. He struck out five.
First baseman Dennis Guinn singled, doubled, and tripled in four at-bats. He was a home run short of the cycle. The Florida State product also walked.
Tim Rodriguez (3/5) singled three times while Jason Ogata (2/4, BB) singled twice.
Reliever Matt Nevarez (1.59 ERA/.195 BAA) earned the victory with three shutout innings. He gave up three hits, walked one, and fanned one.
7-4, 0.5 GB
The Rangers were off on Saturday.
W – Grullon (2-1)
SV – Sibid (1)
19-11, 1.0 GB
Juan Grullon (3.52 ERA/.242 BAA) went a season-high six innings, giving up one run on three hits. He walked three and struck out five.
Ariel Ventura (1/4, 2B) had the team's only extra-base hit.
Juan Polanco (2/4, BB), Emmanuel Solis (2/4), and Keury Arias (2/4) all singled twice.
L – Borjas (2-3)
13-17, 7.0 GB
Kelvin Borjas also went six innings, but he surrendered four runs, three earned, on six hits. He walked two and struck out three.
Right fielder Edwin Ceballo was 0-for-1 with four walks.
First baseman Alison Perez had one double in four at-bats.
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