suntimes
SCATTERED 
Weather Updates

Spring-training recap: Athletics 4, Cubs 3; Rangers 12, Cubs 7

Jeff Samardzija

Jeff Samardzija

storyidforme: 27544162
tmspicid: 9954026
fileheaderid: 4582975

Updated: April 19, 2012 8:44AM



ATHLETICS 4, CUBS 3

RANGERS 12, CUBS 7

For the record

A two-out fielding error by third-base prospect Josh Vitters on a routine grounder by Manny Ramirez led to three unearned runs in the first inning of the loss to the A’s. Against the Rangers in Las Vegas, bullpen candidate Trever Miller and prospect Casey Weathers gave up eight runs combined in the eighth and ninth.

Soto watch

Catcher Geovany Soto, who missed the first few games with a minor groin injury, doubled his hits total for the spring with a 2-for-2 day that included his first home run. He also walked. Soto is 4-for-12 overall with a walk and three strikeouts.

Position watch

Jeff Samardzija hit 97 mph with his fastball during another impressive outing. He retired the first nine Rangers before allowing a run in his fourth and final inning. American League MVP Josh Hamilton drove in the run with a ground-ball single. One at-bat earlier, Hamilton looked overmatched by Samardzija on a strikeout.

On deck

Split squad: White Sox (4-10) at Cubs (6-10), 3:05 p.m., cubs.com. Andy Sonnanstine is scheduled to pitch. Cubs vs. Rangers (4-10) in Las Vegas, 3:05 p.m. Chris Volstad, Manny Corpas, Rafael Dolis, Blake Parker and Lendy Castillo are scheduled to pitch.

Gordon Wittenmyer



© 2014 Sun-Times Media, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be copied or distributed without permission. For more information about reprints and permissions, visit www.suntimesreprints.com. To order a reprint of this article, click here.