The Texas Rangers had a lot of positives to take from Monday night's 8-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals in Cactus League play.
With a little less than weeks before the Rangers open the 2013 regular season in Houston, they got another solid outing from newly acquired veteran right-handed pitcher Derek Lowe.
The gritty pitcher, who has been a stellar closer and starter over the course of his career, was brought in on a minor-league contract but with full expectation of making the big-league club out of spring training, and he's definitely put himself on course to do that after a second straight good outing on Monday.
After throwing two innings of two-hit scoreless ball in his first Rangers outing, Lowe worked three innings on Monday after replacing a scratched Yu Darvish as the Rangers' starter, allowing no runs on three hits and striking out three.
Lowe looked good in his three innings of work, hitting the upper 80s on his fastball and showing an effective slider.
Lowe is a long shot to make the starting rotation after starting last season in the Cleveland Indians' rotation before being traded to the New York Yankees to work out the bullpen (where he was more successful). But he's a sure bet to help out the Rangers in the bullpen, where the team is still pretty uncertain in many roles, including who might fill the void left by Scott Feldman's departure as the club's long reliever and occasional spot starter.