Derek Holland happy how his spring went after final tuneup Saturday
Spring training is finally over. The Texas Rangers were swept in their two-game series against the Cleveland Indians at Globe Life Park, including a 3-1 loss Saturday. The Rangers finished the spring with a 17-15-1 record.
The Rangers open the season against the Seattle Mariners at 3:05 p.m. Monday — with left-hander Cole Hamels facing off against right-hander Felix Hernandez.
Pitching: Derek Holland allowed a three-run homer to Rajai Davis in the third inning, his final inning of the spring. The three-run homer, which came on a curveball, was set up by a walk and a single to start the inning. He allowed four hits and a walk over 61 pitches. Francisco Mendoza, Keone Kela and Phil Klein each pitched a scoreless inning of relief. Jose Valdespina pitched two scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth, and Jimmy Reyes pitched the ninth.
Hitting: The Rangers led 1-0 after the first when Ian Desmond and Prince Fielder drew two-out walks before Mitch Moreland scored Desmond with a single to right field. In the third, Texas had runners at first and third after a Shin-Soo Choo walk and Fielder single, but Moreland hit into a double play to end the threat. Texas scored one run on six hits and three walks against Indians starter Danny Salazar over five innings. The Cleveland bullpen allowed just two base runners in the final four innings, including a scoreless inning from former Rangers pitcher Ross Detwiler. Pat Cantwell tripled to the right-field corner with two outs in the ninth.
Notable: Minor leaguer Luis Marte made a dazzling stop at shortstop in the seventh inning on a hard shot. ... Lewis Brinson made a diving catch on a sinking liner in shallow center field to end the top of the eighth. ... Saturday’s attendance was announced as 17,114. ... Game-ending at-bat by Doug Bernier was 13 pitches, including nine foul balls, before he struck out swinging against left-hander Tom Gorzelanny.
Rangers vs. Mariners
3:05 p.m. Monday, FSSW/ESPN
LHP Cole Hamels vs. RHP Felix Hernandez