A.J Griffin in hunt for Rangers rotation
A.J. Griffin allowed two runs in 2 2/3 innings, and the Texas Rangers’ offense couldn’t do enough with its 11 hits in a 4-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians at Goodyear Ballpark.
Hitting: Utility infielder Pedro Ciriaco went 3 for 4 and scored both Rangers runs. Each of his three singles were infield hits. ... Bobby Wilson and Prince Fielder also had two hits, though Fielder benefited from a ball lost in the sun that went for a double. ... The Rangers loaded the bases in the second inning against right-hander Corey Kluber, who rebounded to retire Delino DeShields and Nomar Mazara. ... The Rangers were 1 for 14 with runners in scoring position.
Pitching: Griffin, making his first start of the spring, thought that Yan Gomes might have been sitting on the curveball he hit for a second-inning homer. ... Mike Napoli drove in the other run that was charged to Griffin, as he muscled a single off Tony Barnette to left-center field just in front of a diving Ian Desmond.
He’s not an overpowering guy when you look at the radar gun, but with the off-speed pitches, the fastball does play up.
Rangers manger Jeff Banister on A.J. Griffin
Notable: Left-hander Jimmy Reyes, an extra pitcher from minor league camp who has impressed this spring, was struck on the left elbow and had to leave after facing only one batter in the fourth inning. He was diagnosed with a bruise. ... The Rangers (8-4-1) have lost consecutive games for the first time this spring.
vs. Indians, 3:05 p.m., Surprise Stadium
Indians probable pitchers: RHP Carlos Carrasco, LHP Tom Gorzelanny, RHP Joba Chamberlain, RHP Austin Adams, LHP Ross Detwiler
Rangers probable pitchers: LHP Martin Perez, RHP Nick Martinez, LHP Sam Freeman, RHP Francisco Mendoza