MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Delino DeShields tripled, singled and drove in two runs as the Texas Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 10-3 Tuesday.
Elvis Andrus and Michael McKenry added two hits each for Texas.
“We have a lot of discussions as an offense about being aggressive, about getting your pitch and getting good swings at it, and I think we’ve done a good job of doing that all spring,” DeShields said. “We take that to heart. It’s just a matter of just finding the barrel of the bat and taking good swings and taking a good approach at the plate.”
Rangers starter Derek Holland allowed two unearned runs and three hits in three innings.
Rangers right field prospect Nomar Mazara appeared to catch Coco Crisp’s third-inning fly to the warning track, but dropped the ball after a couple of steps for an error that allowed Billy Burns to score from first and Crisp to reach third.
“You can’t let stuff like that get to you,” Holland said. “I know he was out there trying to make the play. You have to go after the hitters.”
Mazara was 1 for 3 and has hit safely in all five games he’s played, going 8 for 14 (.571) with seven RBIs.
Burns and Yonder Alonso had two hits each for the A’s. Reliever Dillon Overton struck out five in two innings.
Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels is scheduled to pitch in a minor league game Thursday morning at the team’s spring training facility. He’s made one spring training start.
Rangers outfielder Ryan Rua entered Tuesday with 7 hits in his previous 7 at-bats over the past two games. He came on as mid-game substitute and went 1-for-2 with a double, ending his streak of consecutive hits. Rua was the opening day left fielder last season but missed significant time with heel and ankle injuries.
“Let’s let Ryan get comfortable again at playing one position (left field),” manager Jeff Banister said. “We feel confident that he can go over and play other positions. But it’s necessary for us to allow him to just to go out and compete, show us what he can do at the plate and concentrate at one position right now.”
Rangers: Holland said he was able to throw his offspeed pitches for strikes and isn’t doing anything different from his normal routine. “It’s all about getting prepared for the season,” Holland said after his second spring start.
Athletics: Eric Surkamp left the game after facing one batter in the top of the third due to pitch limit. He was charged with two runs on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts in his second spring training start. “I felt a lot better than I did last time, results aside,” Surkamp said. “Just trying to build on that, not really trying to focus too much on the results. Too many pitches for only getting through two-plus innings.”
Rangers: Veteran RHP Jeremy Guthrie, a career 91-game winner signed to a minor league deal last month, made his spring training debut and pitched two scoreless innings. His scheduled outing last week was scratched due to lower back stiffness. “I knew it wouldn’t affect once I got a chance to get in a game,” said Guthrie, who is competing for a spot. “This year there is no guarantee of anything regardless of how well I pitch.” ... 2B Rougned Odor was scratched from Tuesday’s lineup due to back tightness that isn’t considered serious.
Athletics: IF-OF Mark Canha is dealing with a back problem but is working out. He’ll likely play in a game later in the week. RHP Henderson Alvarez threw 25 pitches in a bullpen session as he comes back from shoulder surgery last year.
Rangers: Chi Chi Gonzalez looks to build off a successful first outing of spring training when he allowed one hit in two scoreless innings. He faces the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.
Athletics: Ace Sonny Gray is scheduled for three innings Wednesday when the A’s play the Chicago White Sox. He will be making his spring training debut after throwing bullpens, live batting practice and simulated games.