Rangers 5, Padres 3
Colby Lewis couldn’t help but look ahead to Opening Day even as
he brought Cactus League play to an end.
”Four years ago if you’d asked me if I was going to start
Opening Day in the big leagues, I’d have said that was crazy,”
said Lewis, who gave up two runs in four innings in the Texas
Rangers’ 5-3 win over the San Diego Padres on Sunday.
Lewis was the 38th pick overall in 1999 by the Rangers and made
his debut three years later. A rotator cuff injury brought his
first turn with Texas to an end and he spent the next three seasons
between the Detroit, Washington and Oakland systems.
He signed with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp and pitched two seasons
in Japan before he was brought back across the Pacific by the
Rangers in 2010. Since then, he has gone 26-23 in 64 starts and has
thrown at least 200 innings in each of the past two seasons.
With C.J. Wilson leaving for the Los Angeles Angels, Lewis
became the de facto ace of the Texas staff.
”I feel very blessed. I feel blessed to have a beautiful family
that backs me and supports me,” Lewis said. ”That’s a big key to
Lewis gave up only one hit over the first three innings, but San
Diego put together four straight hits to score twice in the fourth.
He finished with four strikeouts, a walk and a hit batter.
After starting spring training with three wins in their first 14
games, the Rangers won seven of their last eight in Arizona.
”We’re playing baseball the way we like at the right time,”
said Rangers manager Ron Washington. ”It’s not how you start it’s
how you finish and we finished the way we wanted, playing good
Cory Luebke had his second straight rough outing against the
Rangers, allowing five runs on six hits over two innings. Luebke
walked two and struck out three.
On March 27, Luebke also gave up five runs but on eight hits and
a walk in 4 1-3 innings against Texas.
”I wanted to work on getting in on the righties today but as
the results show I didn’t quite get in far enough,” Luebke said.
”I just wasn’t executing my pitches today. That was the bottom
Washington played the majority of his starters long enough to
get two at-bats and then subbed in minor leaguers across the
Elvis Andrus singled, walked and scored twice, and Adrian Beltre
had two hits, including a double, and drove in a pair for Texas.
David Murphy added a two-run single for the Rangers.
Jesus Guzman hit his fifth home run, a towering drive to
straightaway right field, in the fourth for San Diego.
NOTES: Texas leaves Arizona on Monday and will play an
exhibition against Triple-A Round Rock on Monday. LHP Derek Holland
will start for the Rangers. … The Padres have an off-day Monday
before facing Kansas City at Petco Park on Tuesday. LHP Clayton
Richard will get the start against the Royals’ Jonathan Sanchez.
… Rangers C Yorvit Torrealba was a late scratch after taking
multiple foul tips during Texas’ win Saturday night against
Cleveland. …RHP Edison Volquez, one of four players acquired from
Cincinnati for Mat Latos, was named the Padres’ Opening Day starter
earlier Sunday. Volquez was 2-0 with a 3.48 ERA this spring. …
Rangers LHP Robbie Ross was told Sunday he made the club. …Texas
RHP Yoshinori Tateyama has been dealing with a stiff lower back the
past several days and could start the season on the DL, Washington
said. … San Diego optioned 3B James Darnell to Triple-A Tucson.
… Padres manager Bud Black said he’s going to rest Mark Kotsay
for a couple of days to see if it helps the outfielder’s strained
right calf. San Diego has until Wednesday afternoon to set its
25-man roster and determine whether Kotsay will start the season on