Sure, we’re only two games in and it’s only spring training, but the Texas Rangers will take it.
A starting lineup filled with seven prospects helped power the team to a 10-0 win against the Kansas City Royals on Thursday at Surprise Stadium, the second consecutive day Texas beat the defending champs.
Pitching: Derek Holland was in a bases-loaded mess in the first inning but got a force out to end the inning. He threw 37 pitches (20 strikes) and allowed three hits and a walk in 1 2/3 innings. Anthony Ranaudo threw two scoreless innings and Sam Freeman, Francisco Mendoza, Scott Williams, Jimmy Reyes each held the Royals scoreless.
Hitting: Jurickson Profar was on base three times with a walk, error and single to left. Nomar Mazara, who went 3 for 3 in the opener, added two more hard-hit singles to center. Mitch Moreland, Ryan Rua, and catcher Brett Nicholas each doubled. Nicholas also had a two-run homer in the eighth. James Jones homered to center in the ninth. Drew Stubbs had two singles with an RBI after replacing Lewis Brinson in center.
Notable: Joey Gallo is 1 for 5 with four strikeouts in his first five at-bats this spring. He was called out looking on a full-count in the first inning Thursday ... Right-hander Jerermy Guthrie was scratched from Thursday’s game with lower back stiffness. He was scheduled to pitch after Holland ... Brinson dropped a sinking liner in the left-center field gap for an error in the fifth ... Marzara is batting .833 after going 5 for 6 in his first two games ... Profar played shortstop in a game for the first time since an Arizona Fall League in November 2013.
Dodgers at Rangers
2:05 p.m. Friday
RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez vs. LHP Scott Kazmir