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March 10, 2011

Recapping Thursday in Surprise with the Rangers

The Rangers lost to the Chicago White Sox 7-6, with Mark Lowe getting the loss after allowing three runs in the ninth. It's a deceiving loss though. Lowe walked the leadoff batter, but got what should have been a double-play grounder to the next hitter. The ball took a bad hop to Andres Blanco, and it kicked off his glove and into right field for a double. That opened the door for the big inning. There should be no concerns about Lowe's velocity, as his fastball touched 96 in the ninth.

C.J. Wilson worked on his fastball, slider and changeup in the game and came away pleased after allowing one run in four innings.

Kevin Cash went 2 for 2 with a pair of RBIs.

Craig Gentry had an interesting day in left field, crashing through the gate on Mark Teahen's sixth-inning homer. The gate doors opened up when Gentry went through them. An inning later, Gentry met the wall again trying to come up with another shot by Teahen. He crashed into the fence again, and the ball came out of his glove for a double. The good news for Gentry is that the wrist that slowed him early in spring training feels better.

The Rangers are playing an intrasquad game at 9:30 Friday morning to get their pitchers more work. The 3 1/2-inning game will feature appearances by Alexi Ogando, Darren Oliver and Zach Jackson.

- Anthony Andro


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