RANGERS 9, SOX 2
Third error for Anderson
Shortstop Tim Anderson made his third error of the spring in nine games and second in two days, all fielding, on ground balls. This one was going to his left; Monday’s was to his right. Anderson has been open about his defense after he led the majors in errors last season, saying he’s challenged and motivated by criticism and predicting he’ll win a Gold Glove before his career is over. The Sox’ middle-of-the-infield defense will be key for a team with playoff aspirations — and with ground-ball left-hander Dallas Keuchel holding down a spot in the rotation — and will come under close scrutiny.
First team blanked
Manager Rick Renteria gave three at-bats each to front-line starters Anderson, Yoan Moncada, Jose Abreu, Yasmani Grandal, Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert and Leury Garcia on Tuesday and got a combined 3-for-20 from them against Rangers lefty Mike Minor (4⅔ innings of two-hit scoreless ball) and relievers Jose Leclerc (four strikeouts) and Joely Rodriguez. Grandal, Abreu and Garcia (double) notched the only hits among the group. The runs were supplied in the eighth inning on an RBI single by Zack Collins and a sacrifice fly by Gavin Sheets. The Sox are 10-7-2.
Fulmer fans three
After right-hander Michael Kopech stole the show with one inning of 100 mph heat in his first outing after missing the 2019 season, righty Carson Fulmer contributed the only quality piece of relief work. He retired all five batters he faced, including three strikeouts. Trying to earn a spot in the bullpen, Fulmer (1.86 ERA) has 11 strikeouts in 9⅔ innings.
Sox at Rockies, 3:10 p.m. Wednesday, Lucas Giolito vs. German Marquez. This will be the second start of the spring for Giolito, who threw one scoreless inning against the Cubs on Friday.