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    LAS VEGAS (AP) - A split-squad game meant Julio Borbon got a chance to prove what he can do.

    Borbon batted second for the Texas Rangers on Saturday while Elvis Andrus was moved up to leadoff. With regular leadoff hitter Ian Kinsler with the other half of the Rangers in Surprise, Ariz., Borbon was able to thrive at the top of the order between Andrus and Josh Hamilton during a 12-7 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Cashman Field.

    Borbon, competing with Craig Gentry for an outfield spot, had a pair of hits, including a two-run, bases-loaded single with two outs in the fifth.

    "I feel comfortable anywhere," said Borbon, who is hitting .350. "I don't have a preference in the lineup as long as I'm getting an opportunity to go out there and contribute."

    Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija retired his first nine batters before Elvis Andrus singled leading off the fourth and scored on Josh Hamilton's single.

    Rangers starter Derek Holland allowed one hit in four scoreless innings, struck out two and walked none. Mike Adams struck out the side in the fifth.

    Samardzija allowed one run and three hits in four innings with three strikeouts and no walks.

    "I'm sure he had his pitches working for him," Borbon said, "and at the same time we did not do what we wanted to do the first couple innings."

    Texas broke open the game with a five-run eighth that included Renny Osuna's three-run homer.

     
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    Texas Rangers
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Elvis Andrus, SS3120000 .462
        Leury Garcia, SS2010010 .500
    Julio Borbon, CF3022000 .350
        Leonys Martin, CF1100101 .200
    Josh Hamilton, LF3011022 .160
        Ryan Strausborger, LF22200001.000
    Adrian Beltre, 3B3000011 .250
        Guilder Rodriguez, 3B0100100 .000
    Nelson Cruz, RF3000011 .292
        Jared Prince, RF0201100 .000
    Mitch Moreland, 1B2010100 .207
        Michael Bianucci, PR-1B2122000 .667
    Yorvit Torrealba, C3100022 .250
        Luis Martinez, C2001002 .438
    Joey Butler, DH2110110 .333
       a- Dusty Brown, PH-DH2111001 .250
    Matt Kata, 2B3000003 .000
       b- Renny Osuna, PH-2B1113000 .500
    Totals3712141158  
    a-singled for Butler in the 8th
    b-homered for Kata in the 8th
    Batting
    2B - Ryan Strausborger (1, Miller)
    HR - Renny Osuna (1, Miller)
    SH - Guilder Rodriguez (1)
    RBI - Julio Borbon 2 (2), Josh Hamilton (1), Jared Prince (1), Michael Bianucci 2 (2), Luis Martinez (3), Dusty Brown (1), Renny Osuna 3 (3)
    2-OUT RBI - Julio Borbon 2 (2), Dusty Brown (1), Renny Osuna 3 (3)
    SB - Leonys Martin (1, 2nd base off Weathers/Clevenger), Ryan Strausborger (1, 2nd base off Weathers/Clevenger)
    Team LOB - 5
    Fielding
    E - Renny Osuna (1, Throwing)
    Texas Rangers
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Derek Holland (W,2-0) 4100020 2.00
    Mike Adams (H,1) 1000030 6.00
    Alexi Ogando (H,2) 3664122 7.20
    Roman Mendez 1211011 2.08
    HBP - Johnson (by Alexi Ogando)
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Holland 3-7, Alexi Ogando 3-4, Roman Mendez 1-1
    Batters Faced - Derek Holland 13, Mike Adams 3, Alexi Ogando 17, Roman Mendez 5
    Chicago Cubs
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Reed Johnson, RF4100022 .208
    Blake DeWitt, 3B5010002 .389
    Alfonso Soriano, LF3011000 .435
        Jim Adduci, LF0100100 .300
    Joe Mather, CF4110002 .385
    Bryan LaHair, 1B3001010 .214
    Welington Castillo, C3010020 .318
       a- Blake Lalli, PH1000000 .364
    Junior Lake, SS4111011 .176
    Adrian Cardenas, 2B4231000 .250
       b- Bobby Scales, PH1000011 .167
        Steve Clevenger, C2111011 .389
    Totals3579518  
    a-grounded out for Miller in the 8th
    b-struck out for Batista in the 6th
    Batting
    2B - Adrian Cardenas (3, Mendez)
    HR - Junior Lake (2, Mendez), Adrian Cardenas (1, Ogando), Steve Clevenger (2, Ogando)
    SF - Bryan LaHair (1)
    RBI - Alfonso Soriano (7), Bryan LaHair (2), Junior Lake (4), Adrian Cardenas (4), Steve Clevenger (3)
    2-OUT RBI - Alfonso Soriano (1)
    Team LOB - 4
    Fielding
    Outfield Assists - Alfonso Soriano 1
    DP - Lake-LaHair, DeWitt-Cardenas-LaHair
    Chicago Cubs
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Jeff Samardzija (L,1-1) 4311030 2.70
    James Russell 1422010 8.31
    Frank Batista 1000130 0.00
    Scott Maine 1100100 1.93
    Trever Miller 1455011 6.75
    Casey Weathers0133200 22.50
    Kevin Rhoderick 1111100 4.50
    HBP - Prince (by Trever Miller)
    WP - Kevin Rhoderick (1)
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Samardzija 2-6, James Russell 1-1, Scott Maine 2-0, Trever Miller 1-1, Kevin Rhoderick 2-0
    Batters Faced - Jeff Samardzija 14, James Russell 7, Frank Batista 4, Scott Maine 4, Trever Miller 8, Casey Weathers 3, Kevin Rhoderick 4
    Game Information
    Attendance - 9889
    Game Time - 3:06
    Temperature - 64
    Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Scott Barry