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    Rangers 7, Royals 6(10)

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    SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Derek Holland thought he pitched pretty well, even though his line didn't look so good.

    Holland yielded two-run homers by Lorenzo Cain and Billy Butler, but the Texas Rangers rallied for a 7-6 victory over the Kansas City Royals in 10 innings on Wednesday night.

    "Just a couple of pitches got away from me," Holland said. "I'm still working on some things. At the same time, you've got to tip your hat to Billy Butler. He crushed the ball like 800 feet.

    "I thought I had command of all my off-speed pitches and that's the main thing. I've been throwing my sinker a lot this whole spring, just trying to make sure I get the feel for it both inside and outside. That was the pitch Butler got, wrong situation. That's what he's here for. They get paid for that."

    Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz left with a bruised right hand after he was hit by a pitch from Luke Hochevar in the third inning. The 2011 ALCS MVP is day to day.

    Cruz hit 29 homers last year but was sidelined for 29 games because of a strained left hamstring and strained right quadriceps muscle.

    Cain went deep with two out in the first. Butler connected in the third.

    Holland allowed six runs and nine hits in five innings. He struck out three and walked two.

    Hochevar got off to a strong start, striking out the side in the first and retiring his first five batters overall. He allowed four runs and eight hits in five innings.

    "I think early on, obviously, I'm going to go out and try to establish my fastball," Hochevar said. "I think I stayed with it a little too long before I started mixing. When they start sitting on one speed, I got hit around there just because they were looking one speed. That's all I was giving them.

    "Once I started mixing it and starting throwing my curveball and changeup and keeping them off balance I felt like I settled in. I got into some better pitching counts."

    Eric Hosmer went 3 for 4 for the Royals, raising his average to .397, and drove in his Cactus League-leading 23rd run.

    Minor leaguer Matt Kata doubled home the winning run in the 10th.

    NOTES: Royals RHP Felipe Paulino has a right forearm strain and will begin the season on the disabled list. Yost said RHP Luis Mendoza and LHP Danny Duffy would start the fourth and fifth games of the season at Oakland with Paulino out. ... OF Bubba Starling, the Royals' first-round pick last June, will remain in extended spring training in Arizona instead of starting the season with Kane County in the Single-A Midwest League. ... Rangers RHP Yu Darvish threw 47 pitches in a bullpen session. He is scheduled to start Friday against the Colorado Rockies. ... The Rangers released Ruben Sierra from minor league camp. Sierra's father, also Ruben, played 20 years in the majors and hit 180 home runs with the Rangers.

     
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    Texas Rangers
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Ian Kinsler, 2B4010014 .408
       a- Matt Kata, PH-2B2011001 .250
    Craig Gentry, CF4001012 .103
       b- Julio Borbon, PH-CF2000012 .238
    Michael Young, 1B4120020 .429
        Brad Hawpe, 1B1010000 .261
        Joshua Richmond, PR-LF0100100 .000
    Adrian Beltre, 3B4011001 .260
        Yangervis Solarte, 3B2010013 .318
    Nelson Cruz, RF2000010 .267
        Joey Butler, RF2020000 .600
    Mike Napoli, DH1200312 .308
       c- Luis Martinez, PH-DH1000001 .400
    David Murphy, LF3111104 .319
        Brandon Snyder, LF-1B1000011 .321
    Yorvit Torrealba, C3021110 .267
        Guilder Rodriguez, PR0000000 .500
        Dusty Brown, C1000000 .267
    Alberto Gonzalez, SS2121000 .314
       d- Luis Hernandez, PH-SS2110011 .306
    Totals417156611  
    a-flied out for Kinsler in the 8th
    b-grounded out for Gentry in the 8th
    c-grounded out for Napoli in the 9th
    d-struck out for Gonzalez in the 8th
    Batting
    2B - Matt Kata (1, Mariot), Michael Young (5, Hochevar), Brad Hawpe (2, Herrera), Adrian Beltre (3, Hochevar), Joey Butler 2 (2, Broxton, Herrera), Alberto Gonzalez (4, Hochevar)
    3B - David Murphy (2, Hochevar)
    SF - Alberto Gonzalez (2)
    RBI - Matt Kata (1), Craig Gentry (2), Adrian Beltre (11), David Murphy (8), Yorvit Torrealba (5), Alberto Gonzalez (7)
    2-OUT RBI - David Murphy (5), Yorvit Torrealba (3)
    SB - Craig Gentry (1, 2nd base off Hochevar/B. Pena)
    Team LOB - 12
    Fielding
    DP - Gonzalez-Kinsler-Young
    Texas Rangers
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Derek Holland 5966232 5.14
    Carlos Pimentel 1200020 0.00
    Mark Lowe 1100000 4.50
    Mike Adams 1000000 3.00
    Derek Hankins (W,1-0) 1100110 6.75
    Tyler Tufts (S,1) 1100010 0.00
    IBB - Maier by Derek Hankins
    Pitches-Strikes - Derek Holland 99-66, Carlos Pimentel 15-11, Mark Lowe 10-8, Mike Adams 14-11, Derek Hankins 12-7, Tyler Tufts 9-7
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Holland 7-4, Mark Lowe 1-2, Mike Adams 2-1, Derek Hankins 1-1, Tyler Tufts 1-1
    Batters Faced - Derek Holland 25, Carlos Pimentel 5, Mark Lowe 4, Mike Adams 3, Derek Hankins 5, Tyler Tufts 4
    Kansas City Royals
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Alex Gordon, LF5000013 .390
        Yem Prades, LF1000011 .000
    Jason Bourgeois, RF4220012 .270
        Terry Evans, RF1000010 .333
    Eric Hosmer, 1B4231012 .397
        Jamie Romak, 1B1010000 .750
    Billy Butler, DH4133000 .400
       a- Humberto Quintero, PH-DH1000001 .214
    Lorenzo Cain, CF3112103 .426
        Mitch Maier, CF0000100 .263
    Yuniesky Betancourt, SS3000102 .260
        Christain Colon, SS1000002 .500
    Mike Moustakas, 3B4000024 .222
        Anthony Seratelli, 3B1010000 .286
    Brayan Pena, C4020000 .359
        Max Ramirez, C1000001 .355
    Chris Getz, 2B4010000 .250
        Rey Navarro, 2B1000000 .167
    Totals43614637  
    a-grounded out for Butler in the 9th
    Batting
    2B - Jason Bourgeois (3, Holland), Jamie Romak (2, Hankins), Billy Butler (6, Lowe)
    HR - Billy Butler (4, Holland), Lorenzo Cain (5, Holland)
    RBI - Eric Hosmer (23), Billy Butler 3 (13), Lorenzo Cain 2 (10)
    2-OUT RBI - Lorenzo Cain 2 (3)
    SB - Jason Bourgeois (6, 2nd base off Holland/Torrealba), Eric Hosmer (3, 2nd base off Holland/Torrealba)
    Team LOB - 10
    Fielding
    DP - Betancourt-Getz-Hosmer
    PB - Max Ramirez (1)
    E - Jeremy Jeffress (1, Throwing), Mitch Maier (2, Misplayed grounder)
    Kansas City Royals
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Luke Hochevar 5844160 2.84
    Jose Mijares (H,7) 1111200 1.00
    Jonathan Broxton (H,2) 1100110 1.50
    Jeremy Jeffress (H,4) 1000110 2.61
    Kelvin Herrera (BS,1) 1311010 1.80
    Michael Mariot (L,0-1) 1211120 9.00
    HBP - Cruz (by Luke Hochevar)
    Pitches-Strikes - Luke Hochevar 77-46, Jose Mijares 19-8, Jonathan Broxton 21-14, Jeremy Jeffress 14-6, Kelvin Herrera 16-12, Michael Mariot 26-15
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Luke Hochevar 5-2, Jose Mijares 1-2, Jonathan Broxton 2-0, Jeremy Jeffress 1-1, Kelvin Herrera 1-0
    Batters Faced - Luke Hochevar 23, Jose Mijares 6, Jonathan Broxton 5, Jeremy Jeffress 4, Kelvin Herrera 5, Michael Mariot 6
    Game Information
    Attendance - 5047
    Game Time - 3:28
    Temperature - 82
    Umpires - Home - Jordan Baker, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - Angel Campos, Third Base - Toby Basner