Rangers 6, Athletics 2
Randy Wells hopes that maybe, just maybe, this will be the year
that everything falls into place.
Injury and inconsistency have plagued the 30-year-old
right-hander during his career, which up until 2013 primarily had
been with the Chicago Cubs.
Now with the Texas Rangers, he is making a bid for the No. 5
spot in their rotation.
On Thursday, he had the team’s longest outing of the spring,
giving up a run on three hits in five innings of a 6-2 victory over
the Oakland Athletics.
Wells struck out four, walked four, hit a batter and gave up a
solo home run to Josh Reddick in the fifth inning.
Wells also escaped a pair of jams, leaving the bases loaded in
the second and fourth inning – retiring Scott Sizemore for the
final out on both occasions.
Wells’ best season came in 2009, when he was 12-10 for the Cubs.
He is 28-32 in 86 career starts. In 2012, he was 1-2 in 11
appearances (four starts) in 2012, and had nine starts for Triple-A
In July, his season came to a close when he had surgery to
remove bone spurs from his elbow.
Thursday marked his fourth start of the spring. He ERA dipped
from 5.63 to 4.15.
”He kept the ball down much better today,” said Rangers
manager Ron Washington. ”He got into some trouble, but he was able
to get out of it.
”He had a good changeup,” Washington said. ”He is the first
guy to go five innings for us.”
Wells got some help from the top of his batting order in the
Leadoff hitter Ian Kinsler and No. 2 Elvis Andrus both reached
base in the first inning – on an error and a single – and scored on
sacrifice flies by Lance Berkman and Adrian Beltre.
In the third inning, Kinsler drove in a run with a double and
scored on a double by Andrus.
Kinsler, whose leadoff role was the subject of much debate by
Rangers fans last season, went from first to third on Andrus’
single to left when he caught A’s left fielder Yoenis Cespedes off
”Ian saw that (Cespedes) was being too lackadaisical, so he
took that extra base,” Washington said. ”We need to be running
the bases, heads-up. You try to take advantage of the things you
Right-hander Dan Straily, one of the Oakland minor league
pitchers of the year in 2012, made his fourth start of the spring
and had mixed results.
In three innings, he gave up four runs – two earned – on three
hits, walked one and struck out three.
”He was a little inconsistent,” said A’s manager Bob Melvin.
”He was behind people when he normally isn’t, but he did throw
some quality pitches.”
NOTES: Texas INF Jurickson Profar was to leave camp Thursday
morning and join the Netherlands in its preparation for its World
Baseball Classic semifinal on Monday in San Francisco. … RHP
Derek Lowe is due to make his debut for the Rangers on Friday
against the Giants in Scottsdale. His target is two innings. …
INF Jeff Baker increased his hitting streak to eight games and is
hitting .528 overall. … Oakland INF Jemile Weeks played in his
first game since March 1 (bruised shoulder), going hitless as a
PH-DH in two at-bats. He likely will start at 2B against Arizona on
Friday in Scottsdale. … The A’s had a five-game home winning
streak come to an end.