Darvish sharp, Fielder shines in Rangers spring training opener

Posted Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014  comments  Print Reprints

Friday’s game

Rangers vs. Royals

Where: Surprise Stadium, Surprise, Ariz., 2:05 p.m.

Radio: Webcast on texasrangers.com

Rangers probable pitchers: RHP Alexi Ogando, RHP Jose Contreras, RHP Matt West, RHP Cory Burns, RHP Nate Adcock, LHP Pedro Figueroa, RHP Armando Rodriguez.

Royals probable pitchers: RHP James Shields, LHP Chris Dwyer, RHP Jason Adams, RHP Sugar Ray Marimon, LHP Everett Teaford, RHP Michael Mariot, LHP Tim Collins.

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Yu Darvish was sharp in his two innings and Prince Fielder ripped his first Rangers home run as Texas opened spring training with an 11-7 win Thursday over Kansas City before a crowd of 9,051 at Surprise Stadium.

Darvish threw 29 pitches (23 strikes), struck out four and allowed two hits and left with a 4-0 lead after two innings. Darvish threw a first-pitch strike to every hitter he faced and walked none.

“I think there’s a lot of life to my fastball, a lot of movement on my slider,” Darvish said through an interpreter. “For the first time in this kind of game situation I think, overall, it was really good.”

Fielder sent an 0-1 fastball over the fence in right field to give Texas a 4-0 lead after three innings. Most of the starters were replaced by then but the Rangers kept adding runs, including five in the seventh and two in the eighth. Both teams committed four errors.

“Good, crisp fastball,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said of Darvish. “Had a nice cutter working, good breaking ball. He was very efficient with his pitches.”

Former UTA star and Mansfield Timberview ex Michael Choice had two hits in is first two at-bats as a Ranger.

Stefan Stevenson, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @FollowtheFrogs

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