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Rangers’ Jones gets busy

March 7, 2009

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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.

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 1998-2007.

“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.”

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