The Texas Rangers finished the 2016 spring season (in Arizona) the way they started, by beating the defending World Series champion Kansas City Royals. The Rangers defeated the Royals 5-1 behind five strong innings from Opening Day starter Cole Hamels in his final spring start. Texas was 5-0 against Kansas City this spring. The Rangers host the Cleveland Indians in the final exhibition games Friday and Saturday at Globe Life Park.
Pitching: Hamels induced nine ground ball outs and struck out five with no walks in five quick innings, finishing with 61 pitches (43 strikes). Tom Wilhelmsen pitched a perfect sixth with two strikeouts while Keone Kela allowed a hit but struck out the side in the seventh.
Hitting: Delino DeShields tripled twice and scored two runs, including in the first inning to give Texas a 1-0 lead. James Jones had two hits, including a triple in the sixth that scored Ryan Cordell. Cordell’s single earlier in the inning scored DeShields after his second triple. Justin Ruggiano hit a solo homer to center field off Royals starter Ian Kennedy in the second inning. It’s his third homer of the spring.
Notable: DeShields has four triples this spring ... Kennedy left before the fourth inning with a tight left hamstring.
Rangers vs. Indians
7:05 p.m. Friday, Globe Life Park
RHP Colby Lewis vs. RHP Cody Anderson