ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 27: Shin-Soo Choo # 17 of the Texas Rangers walks on to the field as a Ranger for the first time during his press conference at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on December 27, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)
Even after throwing three solid innings, Paul Maholm faces a tough challenge to crack the Los Angeles Dodgers' rotation.
Maholm allowed one run on three hits in three innings as a Dodgers split squad and the Texas Rangers tied 5-5 Saturday. The game was halted after nine innings.
Shin-Soo Choo, signed by the Rangers to a seven-year, $130 million contract, went 0 for 2 with a strikeout, dropping his average to .176 with one extra-base hit in seven games. Choo did drive in a run in the fifth with a sacrifice fly.
"Getting better," Choo said. "The first couple of games, I was swinging late, but now I'm hitting the ball more in the middle of the park. Every game I play, I'm getting better timing and consistency. In spring training, I try to see the most pitches I can. Sometimes I get to two strikes to get into a two-strike approach. I try not to swing at a ball."
Rangers: Tanner Scheppers, who is a candidate for the rotation, labored through 2 2-3 innings. He threw 57 pitches to 12 batters before being yanked after walking Adrian Gonzalez with the bases loaded.