Sox top Rangers; Darvish sharp
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Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Nestor Molina throws during a spring training baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
SURPRISE, Ariz. — Yu Darvish struck out two while retiring all six White Sox batters he faced Tuesday in his first spring start before Chicago scored 11 runs over the next two innings in a 14-8 win over the Texas Rangers.
Darvish, the Japanese ace who won 16 games as a major league rookie last season, threw his fastball in the mid-90s.
Nestor Molina and Brian Omogrosso, the first two White Sox pitchers, both had two shutout innings.
Chicago scored six runs in the third off 20-year-old Cody Buckel. The right-hander, the top minor league pitcher in the Rangers organization last year, walked five of the seven batters he faced.
Evan Meek, in Rangers camp on a minor league contract, allowed five runs and five hits and got only two outs in the fourth.
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