Rangers rotation candidate A.J. Griffin feeling stronger
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.
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.
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