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|Chi. Cubs (10-13)||0||0||0||0||0||1||2||2||0||5||12||2|
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Robbie Ross excelled out of the bullpen last year for the Texas Rangers. He hopes to do the same as a starter in 2013.
Mitch Moreland hit a two-run homer off Carlos Villanueva, Ross pitched three scoreless innings and the Texas Rangers beat the Chicago Cubs 8-5 in a matchup of split squads.
Ross didn't make things easy on himself, though, stranding six runners - including leaving the bases loaded in the third. He allowed four hits, walked three and struck out four
"I should have went five innings to help my team more," said Ross, who threw 80 pitches. "I was trying to do the best I could (to go five)."
Ross was 6-0 with a 2.22 ERA in 58 appearances in his rookie season.
Rangers reliever Coty Woods worked two perfect innings. A Rule 5 pick, he needs to make the major league club or Texas will have to offer him back to Colorado for $25,000, half the price they paid to acquire him at the winter meetings draft.
In his previous appearance, Woods allowed two hits and a run against Oakland in the ninth inning.
"Last Thursday, it wasn't that bad," Woods said. "I felt my stuff was better last time and I rolled it into today. Obviously, I don't want to lose this opportunity. I'm happy with the opportunity the Rangers gave me. If it doesn't work out - it doesn't work out."
Woods has struck out nine in 8 1-3 innings this spring and has a 2.18 ERA. He has not allowed a run six of eight appearances.
Villanueva pitched four innings, allowing four hits and three runs. He walked two and struck out two.
Jose Felix also hit a two-run homer in seventh for Texas.
Nate Schierholtz homered to right leading off the sixth and Tim Saunders had a two-run shot in the eighth for the Cubs.
Chad Bell got the save, striking out Brad Nelson with the bases loaded.
NOTES: Rangers LHP Derek Holland will pitch in a minor league game on Tuesday. Holland was thought to have come down with food poisoning during the WBC. . Elvis Andrus quickly upped his hitting streak to nine games with a single to center leading off the game for the Rangers. He scored on Moreland's home run. .. The teams used 13 pitchers with Texas putting seven on the mound. . This concluded the second straight year that the two teams played a two-game weekend series at Cashman Field. The teams drew 17,800 for the games, which they split. The Cubs have played in Las Vegas every season since 2005.
|Players of the Game|
|Elvis Andrus, DH||3||1||1||0||0||2||3||.345|
|a- Zach Zaneski, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.500|
|b- Charles Moorman, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Craig Gentry, CF||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.297|
|Ryan Strausborger, PR-CF||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.429|
|Mitch Moreland, 1B||3||1||2||2||0||0||0||.361|
|Brandon Allen, PR-1B||1||1||0||0||1||0||1||.200|
|A.J. Pierzynski, C||3||1||1||0||0||0||1||.286|
|Jose Felix, C||2||1||2||2||0||0||0||.286|
|Yangervis Solarte, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.250|
|Guilder Rodriguez, SS||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.250|
|Julio Borbon, LF||3||0||2||1||0||0||0||.289|
|Aaron Cunningham, PR-LF||2||1||1||0||0||0||1||.308|
|Mike Olt, RF||1||0||0||0||2||0||1||.172|
|Jared Hoying, PR-RF||2||1||0||0||0||1||2||.125|
|Joey Gallo, 3B||1||1||1||3||2||0||0||.667|
|Drew Robinson, 3B||2||0||0||0||0||0||4||.000|
|Hanser Alberto, SS||3||0||1||0||0||0||3||.143|
|Rougned Odor, PR-2B||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.250|
|a-grounded into a double play for Andrus in the 6th|
|b-struck out for Zaneski in the 8th|
|3B - Julio Borbon (1, Villanueva)|
|HR - Mitch Moreland (3, Villanueva), Jose Felix (1, Rhoderick), Joey Gallo (1, Caridad)|
|SH - Craig Gentry (1)|
|RBI - Mitch Moreland 2 (10), Jose Felix 2 (3), Julio Borbon (7), Joey Gallo 3 (3)|
|2-OUT RBI - Julio Borbon (3)|
|CS - Ryan Strausborger (1, 2nd base by Batista/Boscan)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Alberto-Moreland|
|PB - Jose Felix (1)|
|Robbie Ross (W,2-0)||3||4||0||0||3||4||0||3.07|
|Coty Woods (H,3)||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||2.16|
|Collin Balester (H,1)||1||3||1||1||0||1||1||10.50|
|Jeff Beliveau (H,3)||1||2||2||2||1||3||0||6.35|
|Ryan Feierabend (H,1)||1||1||2||2||1||1||1||13.50|
|Ross Wolf (H,3)||0.2||2||0||0||1||1||0||0.00|
|Chad Bell (S,1)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|Pitches-Strikes - Robbie Ross 32-20, Coty Woods 10-10, Collin Balester 9-8, Jeff Beliveau 15-11, Ryan Feierabend 10-6, Ross Wolf 10-6, Chad Bell 3-3|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Robbie Ross 2-2, Coty Woods 1-3, Ryan Feierabend 1-1, Ross Wolf 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Robbie Ross 15, Coty Woods 6, Collin Balester 6, Jeff Beliveau 6, Ryan Feierabend 5, Ross Wolf 5, Chad Bell 1|
|Luis Valbuena, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.286|
|Timothy Saunders, 2B||2||1||1||2||0||1||0||.167|
|Darwin Barney, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.214|
|Edwin Maysonet, 3B||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||.097|
|Starlin Castro, SS||2||0||1||0||1||1||0||.467|
|Elliot Soto, SS||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|a- Steve Clevenger, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.367|
|Nate Schierholtz, RF||3||1||2||1||0||1||1||.378|
|Johermyn Chavez, RF||2||1||1||1||0||1||0||.348|
|Scott Hairston, CF||2||0||0||0||1||1||0||.139|
|Ty Wright, LF||2||0||2||1||0||0||0||1.000|
|Dioner Navarro, DH||2||0||1||0||1||0||3||.321|
|b- John Andreoli, PH-DH||2||0||1||0||0||1||1||.667|
|Darnell McDonald, LF-CF||3||1||1||0||2||2||1||.182|
|Brad Nelson, 1B||5||0||1||0||0||2||6||.237|
|J.C. Boscan, C||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.333|
|Chad Noble, C||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||.000|
|a-grounded out for Soto in the 9th|
|b-struck out for Navarro in the 7th|
|2B - Johermyn Chavez (4, Beliveau), Darnell McDonald (2, Ross)|
|HR - Timothy Saunders (1, Feierabend), Nate Schierholtz (2, Balester)|
|RBI - Timothy Saunders 2 (2), Nate Schierholtz (7), Johermyn Chavez (3), Ty Wright (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Timothy Saunders 2 (2), Johermyn Chavez (1), Ty Wright (1)|
|Team LOB - 12|
|DP - Castro-Nelson, Soto-Saunders-Nelson|
|E - Timothy Saunders (1, Misplayed grounder), Carlos Villanueva (1, Throwing)|
|Carlos Villanueva (L,0-2)||4||4||3||3||3||2||1||6.17|
|Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Villanueva 32-20, Frank Batista 4-3, Esmailin Caridad 9-5, Kevin Rhoderick 12-8, Trey McNutt 8-8, Marcus Hatley 5-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Villanueva 4-6, Frank Batista 1-0, Esmailin Caridad 1-1, Marcus Hatley 2-2|
|Batters Faced - Carlos Villanueva 19, Frank Batista 3, Esmailin Caridad 6, Kevin Rhoderick 7, Trey McNutt 4, Marcus Hatley 5|
|Attendance - 8802|
|Game Time - 3:22|
|Temperature - 78|
|Umpires - Home - Scott Barry, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Adrian Johnson|