Darvish Scratched with Stiff Neck; Lowe Fills In 3/19/13
SURPRISE, Ariz. - Yu Darvish was scratched from his start because of a
mild neck strain and Derek Lowe filled in with three scoreless innings, leading
the Texas Rangers to an 8-2 win over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night.
The Rangers scratched Darvish, the Japanese star who won 16 games as a
rookie, with what the club termed a "very minor" neck strain. Darvish said if it
was a regular-season game he would have made the start.
Ian Kinsler went 3 for 3 with a two-run homer for Texas.
Lowe, who signed a minor league contract March 6 with the Rangers, yielded
three singles, walked one and struck out three against a Royals club that
entered the game with a spring training-best .335 batting average.
Ervin Santana, acquired in an offseason trade with the Los Angeles Angels,
allowed six runs on 10 hits in four innings.