Last Call from the Desert…Baker, Rangers rolling

“I’ve never been a (uniform) number’s guy. I wore 32 for the longest time and then I went to the Dodgers. That Koufax guy wore that one and it was retired so I went to 23. Now I’m 55. The longer you play, a guy gives you a ball to sign, you have to try and remember what number you’re wearing.”

Pitcher Derek Lowe.desert

Jurickson Profar on comparing the World Baseball Classic to the Little League World Series: “It’s bigger, a lot bigger.”

Jeff Baker was 1-for-2 in the Rangers 6-2 victory over the Athletics on Thursday and is now hitting .528 on the spring. He has an eight-game hitting streak with 13 hits in his last 16 at-bats.

Nate Robertson pitched another scoreless inning in the victory and has not allowed a run in seven innings.

Manager Ron Washington said Lance Berkman will play first base before Spring Training is over. But Berkman, who is in the final stages of recovering from knee surgery, has not done any work in the outfield and there are no plans for that while the Rangers are in Arizona.

Washington on Randy Wells, who walked four but allowed just one run against the Athletics on Thursday, “We don’t want walks. You put guys on the base, you have to make pitches to get out of it and he did. It’s no big deal. But you’re not always going to be able to pitch around it.”

Washington on Coty Woods, the Rule 5 draft pick from the Rockies, “He’s young and he’s got heart. He’s got fire in him. He gets upset when he doesn’t get the job done.”

The Rangers have a winning record after beating the Athletics. They are 9-8-2 after starting the Cactus League 0-5-1. They have won five of their last six games.


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