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03/06/08 5:50 PM ET

Metcalf powers Rangers to win

Third baseman homers twice; Padilla strong in start vs. Sox

at Tucson, Ariz.
Thursday, March 6

Rangers at the plate: Travis Metcalf homered twice, including a two-run home run off of Charlie Haeger in the second. David Murphy also went deep, while John Mayberry added a double and a single, scoring one and driving home another.

White Sox at the plate: Paul Phillips made the most of his start behind the plate, singling and driving in the only run allowed by Vicente Padilla.

Rangers on the mound: Padilla looked sharp over his three innings. The right-hander yielded one unearned run on one hit, striking out two.

White Sox on the mound: Starting in place of Gavin Floyd, who was sidelined by the flu, Haeger allowed three runs on five hits over three innings. He fanned two and walked two.

Cactus League records: Rangers 5-3-1; White Sox 5-5.

Up next: A number of the White Sox position player regulars will be making the trip to Tempe on Friday, facing off against the Angels and Jon Garland, who spent the last eight years as part of Chicago's rotation. Lance Broadway gets the start for the road contest. The White Sox also will be playing host to the Diamondbacks, with Nick Masset trying to build off his three scoreless innings Sunday in Hermosillo, Mexico. Both games start at 3:05 p.m. CT. Texas hosts Milwaukee, with Jason Jennings taking the mound.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.