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Craig Gentry, Jeff Baker lead Texas Rangers over Cleveland Indians, 7-6

By Gary Schatz | Associated Press Published: March 11, 2013 4:00 AM

By Gary Schatz | Associated Press

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Craig Gentry knows he is not a power hitter. Still, he's shown he can handle good pitches to hit.

Gentry hit a two-run homer off Brett Myers to pace the Texas Rangers to a 7-6 win over the Cleveland Indians.

Gentry added a single and scored another run. Jeff Baker, a non-roster invitee for Texas, hit an RBI double and single in his first two at-bats, making it eight straight plate appearances in which he'd reached base.

"Gentry is getting through the baseball," manager Ron Washington said. "When he gets a pitch he can drive he's doing it."

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Myers, who pitched 70 times in relief last season, threw three scoreless innings before the Rangers got to him in the fourth for five runs. Myers will be the Indians' No. 3 starter this season. He threw 70 pitches.

"My arm got a little fatigued," Myers said. "I haven't thrown 70 pitches in a while. My stuff wasn't as crisp in that last inning. I tried to make an adjustment to hit my spots better but they got their bats on the ball."

Cleveland manager Terry Francona was pleased with Myers' outing for the first three innings.

"He got two outs in the fourth and then got his breaking ball up," Francona said. "He got a little tired. Before that I thought before that his tempo was good. He was throwing his breaking ball for strikes I thought it was really a positive."

Robbie Ross, one of seven pitchers competing for a place in the Texas rotation, allowed two runs in 223 innings. He was not pleased with his command of the strike zone, walking three batters.

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"Ross walked too many people," Washington said. "He wasn't happy. He wasn't able to back door his cutter like he usually does."

Carlos Carrasco pitched four innings for Cleveland, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks. Carrasco is in competition with Scott Kazmir and Daisuke Matsuzaka for the fifth spot in the Indians rotation.

Drew Stubbs, who came to the Indians in a trade for Shin-Soo Choo, had two hits, including an RBI triple.

Michael Brantley, who had stitches removed from his forearm on Saturday, was 0-for-2 for Cleveland. He had missed 12 games with a cut sustained in a slide against the Angels.


n Indians INF Mark Reynolds is out with a strained oblique. "It is just spring training soreness," he said.

n Cleveland RHP Chris Perez, who was out with a right shoulder strain, began a throwing program Sunday. "I felt OK. There's not much you can do from 60 feet."

Rangers 7, Indians 6



Kinsler 2b2110Brantley dh2000

R.Odor ph-2b1001C.McGuiness dh3100

Profar ss4022Stubbs rf3021

Y.Solarte ss1000Hermida rf3000

Berkman dh2000Y.Gomes c3010

J.Adduci ph-dh1000Jeroloman c1010

Beltre 3b3110C.Phelps 2b-3b3110

B.Snyder ph-3b2000Antonelli 3b1110

Dav.Murphy lf3000B.Francisco lf1000

Cunningham lf2000T.Fedroff pr-lf2100

Pierzynski c3000Raburn 3b1100

Z.Zaneski c1010T.Wolters 2b2000

Je.Baker 1b3121Carrera cf3110

B.Allen 1b1000R.Rodriguez ss1010

L.Martin cf3221M.McDade 1b5011

Borbon cf0000L.Hernandez ss3023

Gentry rf3222C.Hunter ph-cf1000

J.Butler rf1000




E--Y.Gomes 2 (2). DP--Texas 2. LOB--Texas 7, Cleveland 14. 2B--Je.Baker (4), L.Martin (1), Y.Gomes (4), Jeroloman (1), L.Hernandez (1). 3B--Stubbs (2). HR--Gentry (2). SB--Kinsler (1), Carrera 2 (8), C.Hunter (1).





Beliveau BS,1-12332210

C.Bell W,1-011300023

Grimm S,1-1341113





Carrasco L,1-1442222


WP--C.Bell, Grimm, B.Myers.

Umpires--Home, Adrian Johnson; First, Scott Barry; Second, Jon Saphire; Third, Lance Barrett.

T--3:16. A--4,781 (10,311).

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