Chicago White Sox
Yu Darvish pitched into the fifth inning and catcher J.P. Arencibia hit a grand slam, leading the Texas Rangers to a 14-8 spring win against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.
Hard-hitting Jose Abreu, a recent Cuban defector, becomes the new White Sox first baseman.
Saunders, signed last week to compete for a spot in the Texas starting rotation, gave up three runs and six hits in three innings, striking out four.
Neftali Feliz and Joakim Soria, the leading candidates to replace Joe Nathan as the Texas closer, had contrasting results as the Rangers lost 9-7 to the White Sox on Sunday.
Matt Garza felt he was just a little off. It was enough to make for another shaky outing. Garza gave up two home runs, and the Rangers lost 5-2 to the surging White Sox on Sunday.
Fears of serious injury to Rangers starters Yu Darvish and Leonys Martin were eased in the clubhouse following Saturday night’s 3-2 loss to the White Sox.
Adam Rosales, Jeff Baker and pinch-hitter Mitch Moreland each had two-run shots to go with solo a drive by Adrian Beltre and a bizarre inside-the-park effort by Ian Kinsler in Friday’s 11-5 win.
The Rangers announced Friday they have acquired outfielder Alex Rios from the Chicago White Sox.
Hector Santiago allowed two hits in five-plus innings on Thursday night, and the White Sox beat Texas 3-1, handing the Rangers their first series loss of the season.
Conor Gillaspie and Alejandro De Aza homered in the seventh inning and the White Sox ended a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Rangers on Wednesday night.
Texas scored six times in the sixth inning to help Yu Darvish overcome a shaky start and earn his fifth April win, and the Rangers beat the White Sox 10-6 on Tuesday night.
Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski is out of the starting lineup for the series opener against his former team, the Chicago White Sox.