RANGERS 5, MARINERS 3 (AT SURPRISE STADIUM)
The facts: Kevin Kouzmanoff’s three-run homer in the sixth inning capped the Rangers’ four-run rally against reliever Charlie Furbush.
Play of the game: Furbush inherited a three-run lead with no outs and a runner on first in the sixth inning. Four batters later, the Rangers had a 4-3 lead.
Plus: Erasmo Ramirez departed after a leadoff single the sixth inning. That runner scored, which left him with a line of one run and three hits with no walks and six strikeouts. He finished the spring with a 1.14 ERA (three earned runs in 23 2/3 innings). That’s good enough, manager Lloyd McClendon confirmed afterward, to open the season as the No. 2 starter…Justin Smoak opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the sixth.
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Minus: The Mariners did little against Texas starter Colby Lewis in five innings — no runs and just four hits…Furbush, as noted above…Reliever Joe Beimel yielded a leadoff double in the seventh that turned into a run...Catcher John Buck was hit in the cup by a wild pitch from Furbush in the sixth. Buck said his cup "had seam marks" on it.
Quotable: “Some way, some how I want to get on the field, whatever it takes.” — infielder Nick Franklin on his willingness to play the outfield, as he did in Tuesday’s victory over Kansas City.
Extra innings: Second baseman Robinson Cano is one of four separate cover subjects in Sports Illustrated’s annual baseball preview issue. It refers to “The Cano Show” as an “Emerald State of Mind.”…Right-handed Scott Baker, released Monday by the Mariners, agreed to a minor-league deal with the Rangers.
Up next: The Mariners have an open date Thursday before concluding their Cactus League schedule with two games against Colorado. The teams play at 7:05 p.m. Friday in Peoria and at 12:10 p.m. Saturday at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale.