Kings in Spring (Pt. 1)

The Texas Rangers opened their Spring schedule against Kansas City yesterday at Surprise.  A few former LumberKings saw action in the 12-7 win:

Ian Kinsler (’04):  2-for-3, run scored, RBI

Justin Smoak (’08):  2-for-2, double, run scored

Manny Pina (’07):  came in to catch, did not hit

Thomas Diamond (’04):  1.0 inning, 2 strikeouts.  Nice return after Tommy John surgery last year.  Comeback story of the year in the Rangers system?

Remember my post on former LumberKing Tug Hulett (’05) and his shot at making the Mariners 25-man roster a few weeks back?  He’s now with the Royals after being clamed off waivers on February 19th.  Nope, he didn’t see any action in yesterday’s game, although I’m sure he and Diamond took time to catch up.

Word has it (thanks to our old friends at the Newberg Report) that Derek Holland (’08) will face the Royals today.  Hopefully he bounces back from a less-than-stellar performance in intra-squad play a few days back (4 runs, 3 earned on 4 hits over 0.0 IP, 3-run HR allowed to Julio Borbon).  I have a feeling this outing will be solid.  Holland hasn’t struggled in back-to-back outings yet in his career.

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Derek Holland in last year’s season-opener against Cedar Rapids.

The Mariners opened up Spring at Peoria with a tough 4-3 loss to San Diego in 10 innings.  Former Fort Wayne Wizard Kyle Blanks doubled home the game-winner for the Padres.  

One former LumberKing remains with Seattle, reliever Roy Corcoran (’02), who according to this Jim Street article, is in the mix for the closer role this year. 

As for us here in Clinton, spring hasn’t formally arrived quite yet.  The snow is thawing thanks to 50-degree temperatures yesterday, but we’ve got fog, rain and 41 degrees at the present.  More cold on the way, I’m afraid.


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