Jones Gets Workout on Friday

Ranger outfielder gets 10 at-bats in one day.

Andruw Jones got quite a workout at Texas Rangers camp Friday.

Jones went 2-for-4 with a walk in Texas' 8-7 loss to Kansas City, a game that started less than an hour after the five-time All-Star and non-roster outfielder went 3-for-5 with a home run in a "B" game against the Royals on a back field.

"Trying to get some good rhythm going, and today was a good day. I had a couple of good solid contacts," Jones said. "Everything paid off in a good way."

Mario Lisson had a pair of RBI singles for Kansas City in the Cactus League game, including the game-winner in the bottom of the ninth off minor leaguer Andrew Laughter.

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Brandon Boggs, one of the outfielders who could end up back in the minors if Jones makes the team, went 3-for-5 with three RBIs for the Rangers. Boggs' RBI double in the eighth scored Jones to snap a 4-all tie before John Whittleman's two-run homer.

Because the "B" game stats don't count, Jones is still hitting only .222 (4-for-18) with four singles and no RBIs in spring training. He batted in every inning of the "B" game and played the entire afternoon game in center field, where he was a 10-time Gold Glove winner for Atlanta from 1998-07.

"He looked better up there today, period. In the `B' game and the `A' game," manager Ron Washington said. "His timing was good, he swung the bat better. I think it can do a lot for him. That's what we're trying to do, is build his confidence. It was nice to see him have a good day."

Jones was released in January by the Los Angeles Dodgers, who owed him a $15 million salary this year from the $36.2 million, two-year deal he signed before last season, when he was plagued by injuries and hit .158 with three homers.

With an already-crowded outfield anchored by All-Star center fielder Josh Hamilton, Jones has had to wait for his opportunities to play this spring. Hamilton was one of several Texas regulars who got a day off, so Jones got to play a full game after the extended morning workout.

"Whatever it takes to get some swings in," Jones said. "I think it boosts my confidence up. A lot of stuff was just mentally, trying to get bad habits out of you."

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