Texas Rangers

Rangers score three in first, but end up in tie with White Sox

Pitching: Juan Carlos Oviedo had the best inning by a Texas Rangers pitcher, with a dominant 1-2-3 fourth. If he can command his fastball, he can be a key bullpen asset.… Left-hander Michael Kirkman (shoulder) made his spring debut, allowing one run in the third inning. Another lefty, Alex Claudio, worked a perfect fifth inning.

Hitting: Left-handed hitters fueled the Rangers’ three-run first against left-hander Carlos Rodon, the White Sox’s top pitching prospect. Leonys Martin, Prince Fielder and Joey Gallo all had singles, with Fielder and Gallo driving in runs.

Notable: Fielder showed off his wheels in the Rangers’ first. Following his RBI single, he advanced to second base on a passed ball. After moving to third on Gallo’s hit, Fielder scored on a wild pitch. Martin had a steal later in the game and made a nice play in center field on a deep drive by Avisail Garcia.

Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @JeffWilson_FWST

Thursday’s game

vs. White Sox, 1:05 p.m., Surprise Stadium

TV: None. Radio: None.

Webcast: www.texasrangers.com

White Sox probable starter: RHP Frankie Montas, RHP Chris Beck, RHP JD Martin, RHP Raul Fernandez, LHP Joe Savery

Rangers probable pitchers: RHP Anthony Ranaudo, RHP Nick Tepesch, RHP Phil Klein, RHP Kyuji Fujikawa, RHP Keone Kela.

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