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Three homers help Rangers sweep Big League Weekend

Rangers rotation candidate A.J. Griffin feeling stronger

A.J. Griffin said that he felt Sunday as if he could have thrown two more innings than the 3 2/3 he pitched Saturday (video by Jeff Wilson).
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A.J. Griffin said that he felt Sunday as if he could have thrown two more innings than the 3 2/3 he pitched Saturday (video by Jeff Wilson).

Drew Stubbs hit a three-run homer Saturday, Robinson Chirinos and Jared Hoying hit two-run homers, and A.J. Griffin was perfect for three the first three innings as the Texas Rangers beat Kansas City 13-6 for a two-game sweep of Big League Weekend at the Alamodome.

Hitting: Pedro Ciriaco remains the Rangers’ hottest hitter as he tries for a spot on the bench. He went 3 for 3 to up his average to .500 and is batting .682 during an eight-game hitting streak. ... Chirinos’ homer to the short porch in right field was his first of the spring. ... Hoying also homered Friday night.

Pitching: The Royals didn’t manage anything against Griffin until the fourth, when he allowed three hits and three runs. All three runs came on homers, a two-run shot by Eric Hosmer and a solo shot by Salvador Perez. Griffin has allowed four homers this spring. ... The only run against Cesar Ramos came on a short-porch homer to right field in the sixth inning, the second of his three innings. ... Bullpen hopeful Sam Freeman allowed two runs in the eighth inning.

A.J. Griffin is coming off two injury-plagued seasons, but he's a candidate for the Rangers' rotation even though they are keeping close tabs on his arm (video by Jeff Wilson).

Notable: The two-day attendance for Big League Weekend topped out at 61,128. Saturday’s crowd was the largest at 33,592. ... The Rangers, who won 7-5 on Friday, were scheduled to depart San Antonio shortly after the game and return to Arizona around 9 p.m. CDT.

Sunday’s game

vs. Angels, 3:05 p.m., Surprise Stadium

TV: KTXA/21 Radio: KRLD/105.3 FM

Angels probable starter: LHP Andrew Heaney

Rangers probable pitchers: RHP Nick Martinez, LHP Andrew Faulkner, RHP Tony Barnette, RHP Shawn Tolleson

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