3/17 Rangers 8, Cubs 5
Nate Schierholtz hit a solo home run and Tim Saunders added a two-run shot but that wasn’t enough as the Rangers roughed up the Cubs, 8-5, on Sunday in a split squad game at Cashman Field. Carlos Villanueva started, and took the loss, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks. All of the runs off the right-hander came in the first and then he settled down.
“The good thing about today is that I know from experience that I’m going to have days like today,” Villanueva said. “To be honest, I felt I had nothing.”
There wasn’t anything wrong physically. His three previous outings had been fairly quick so it felt good to get his work in.
“Games like this I think are necessary, especially in spring,” he said. “You can’t really plan them out.”
* Up next: The Cubs travel to Peoria, Ariz., on Monday to face the Padres. Edwin Jackson will get the start. Javier Baez and Jorge Soler will be in the lineup, but on Monday, both will officially be assigned to the Minor League camp. The game will be broadcast on Cubs.com.
— Carrie Muskat