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ST9: Rangers beat Arizona, 7-1

The Rangers are now 1-1 in March, which seems much better than their overall crappy record so far this spring. :)

Matt Harrison took the hill, which was no surprise. Lance Berkman led off for the Rangers, which WAS a surprise. I know, it’s early in spring, and people do different things. It’s early for Lance, and he needs to test his battle worn body to see if ti will hold up. It’s not like a rehab game where he gets to lead off every inning, but putting him at the #1 spot will get him some more action than his likely normal spot.

Berkman did what he does a lot – walk. GOt one in his first at bat. He also scored later in the inning, so that’s pretty normal for him.

Harrison bounced back from a rough start last time out to put up some zeroes in his three innings. He was folowed by former Blue Jay Jason Frasor, who made his Rangers debut this game. He allowed two hits in his inning, but no runs.

OVerall, the Rangers staff did well. Nate Robertson & Joe Ortiz followed and each had scoreless innings. The last Rangers pitcher was Nick Tepesch, who had three inning save. He also allowed the only run the Diamondbacks got.

Offensively, nine hits for the Rangers. Two doubles (Pierzynski & Borbon) and three home runs (Gentry, Andrus, & Allen) were the big points here. The one by Elvis is a surprise. Not like he hits just one a year, but he’s not known for his power.

Nice win with some solid pitching.