SURPRISE, Ariz. — Luis Mendoza made his strongest case yet to earn the final spot in Texas' rotation. He allowed two hits and one run over five innings Tuesday in an 11-6 victory over Oakland that snapped the Athletics' seven-game winning streak.
A's starter Justin Duchscherer gave up four consecutive hits in the second inning as Texas extended a 1-0 lead to 3-0.
"I honestly felt like I consistently hit the spots I wanted to hit," said Duchscherer, whose 2007 season was cut short by hip surgery in July. "My arm feels good and my hip feels good."
Daric Barton's third home run of the spring in the sixth pulled the A's even at 4, but the Rangers scored one run in the bottom half, three in the seventh and three in the eighth on Adam Melhuse's homer. Corey Brown hit a solo shot in the ninth for the Athletics.
Oakland optioned RHP Joey Devine to Triple-A Sacramento. The A's finalized their roster for their season-opening trip to Japan. Third baseman Eric Chavez, pitchers Kiko Calero and Chad Gaudin, and outfielders Carlos Gonzalez and Todd Linden will not be making the trip.
American favorites Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto suffered a rare fall in the compulsory ice dance at the world figure skating championships in Goteborg, Sweden. France's Isabelle Delobel and Olivier Schoenfelder lead, with the Americans fifth.
Dancing to the Argentine tango, Belbin stumbled and fell while performing a twizzle, a rotating turn on one foot. Falls in compulsories — where every couple skates the same pattern for two rotations around the rink — are extremely rare, and the Argentine tango is a relatively simple dance.
"It's just a freak accident. It's never happened in practice," Belbin said. "I'm just really bummed out right now because we were really proud of this dance."
China's Zhang Dan and Zhang Hao executed a flawless short program to lead the pairs.
The women's competition begins today.
The NFL got its chance to see Matt Ryan throw, and the Boston College quarterback didn't do anything that would keep him from being picked early in the draft. Perhaps even first overall. Ryan worked out at BC's Pro Day, throwing to former teammates for a mini-combine of 42 scouts and other personnel evaluators from 22 NFL teams.
"I made every throw you need to make in the NFL," Ryan said. ...
Free agent defensive end Marques Douglas signed with Tampa Bay. In nine seasons with the Ravens, Saints and 49ers, he has appeared in 88 games and has 19 career sacks.
Steve Boyer was named crew chief for J.J. Yeley at Hall of Fame Racing. Boyer, who has worked in the engineering department, replaces Brandon Thomas. The team is 31st in Sprint Cup points.
Elite runner Ryan Shay died of an irregular heartbeat due to an enlarged heart after collapsing during the U.S. men's marathon Olympic trials, the New York City medical examiner said. Shay, 28, collapsed in Central Park on Nov. 3, about 5½ miles into the race, and was pronounced dead at a hospital.
The Netherlands set a world record of 3:33.62 in the women's 400-meter freestyle relay at the European swimming championships at Eindhoven, Netherlands.
Lindsay Whalen had 14 points and Katie Douglas 13 to help the U.S. select team rally past Ros Casares 82-72 in an exhibition game in Valencia, Spain.