Yu Darvish took the mound Tuesday and impressed with two flawless innings… the rest of the Rangers’ staff? They didn’t fare as well. Here’s a roundup of all our coverage coming out of Surprise on Tuesday: Gerry Fraley writes that a more experienced Yu Darvish is already looking better than he did in his first Rangers camp. The Rangers lost yet another exhibition game, but at least Mike Olt finally made some fireworks. Evan Grant writes that, based on what the Rangers want out of a right-handed bench bat, veteran Jeff Baker may fit the bill better than Olt. Bullpen candidate Cory Burns is looking impressive so far, but the early returns may not tell the whole story. Cody Buckel, one of the Rangers’ top pitching prospects, got roughed up in his first foray against big league hitters, and catcher A.J. Pierzynski said he was simply ‘too amped.’ Toolsy OF prospect Engel Beltre is planning to see an orthopedist about his troublesome left shoulder, but still expects to play for Spain in the World Baseball Classic. On the injury front, Adrian Beltre ran the bases Tuesday while Lance Berkman is nearing his spring debut.
Yu Darvish looking strong; Mike Olt makes fireworks; top prospect gets roughed up
Dallas Morning News | Feb 27