Notes: McCarthy draws Ozzie's wrath
Righty's comments on clubhouse criticized by ex-manager
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers pitcher Brandon McCarthy has drawn the wrath of White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen for comments he made in a Chicago newspaper 10 days ago.Guillen was not happy that McCarthy told the Chicago Sun-Times that he preferred the Rangers' clubhouse to the one in Chicago. McCarthy played for the White Sox in 2005-06 before being traded to the Rangers in the offseason for pitchers John Danks, Nick Masset and Jacob Rasner. "It's safe to say I don't think the comment was necessary about the clubhouse," Guillen said Friday. "You hate me, you like me, we don't get along, you don't like the way we handle stuff, I can live with that. But when you talk about negative clubhouse attitude ... One thing about our clubhouse, I think we have one of the best attitudes. "I keep everybody loose, and I make sure I can get the best out of you every day. I don't have anything against Brandon, no way. Is this thing going to continue to go on and on? No." McCarthy said he thought the whole situation was overblown. "I knew when I read it the next day that it could be misinterpreted to be negative," McCarthy said. "It wasn't in any means supposed to be. I mean, I've talked to a few guys over there and hoped that they wouldn't take it the way it sounded. The clubhouses are just completely different. One isn't better than the other. "Over here with Texas, it's more like a college dorm because there are so many young guys. I don't look at Chicago as being bad at all. I love the city, loved the guys I played with. It's just different. I was asked which one is better for me, and of course I said over here." Guillen also took exception to McCarthy suggesting it was more positive in Rangers camp than what he experienced in Chicago. "Whatever you can call me, I'm not a negative guy," Guillen said. "I think one of my jobs is to be positive with everyone in the ballclub. I'm the type of guy, when you're down, I try to extend my hands to try and get you out of there. I'm not the type of manager, when you're down, I turn my eyes, not even look at you and say hi." The Rangers play the White Sox twice in the spring, but McCarthy is not expected to pitch against them. "I'm hoping that now that the games have started, things like this are trivial," McCarthy said. "I'm just trying to do my part to get out there and make sure that people know that I wasn't taking a shot at their clubhouse, Ozzie, the city or the front office." Sosa goes hitless: Sammy Sosa made his first appearance of the spring, going 0-for-3 with a walk in four plate appearances in a B game against the Kansas City Royals on Friday. Sosa swung at the first pitch he saw in the first inning against Royals pitcher Billy Buckner and popped out in foul territory in right. He walked in his next at-bat before striking out twice.
"It's pretty good," Sosa said. "After the year off to come back and face live pitches and not look that bad, I feel pretty good myself. I thought I would be a little bit behind, but I'm not."Sosa is expected to be the Rangers' designated hitter on Saturday and then play right field on Sunday. He is expected to play the entire game on Saturday. "I feel 100 percent confident that tomorrow's going to be better because I'll see more pitching," Sosa said. "Today was my first test and I feel great about it." Gagne watch: Eric Gagne threw 50 pitches off the mound on Friday, his first mound work since getting zapped by an intestinal virus. "He threw all his pitches and looked good," pitching coach Mark Connor said. "He just has to get over this flu bug or virus or whatever you want to call it." The Rangers are hoping Gagne can make his spring debut on March 10 against the San Francisco Giants in Scottsdale. Tickets moving: The Rangers sold 124,838 tickets on Friday, the first day that single-game tickets were made available to the public. They sold 120,525 tickets on the first day last year and 112,297 on the first day in 2005. He said it: "That's Cat. Wake him up on Christmas Day and he'll drop you a couple of line drives." --Manager Ron Washington on Frank Catalanotto's two doubles in Friday's exhibition opener. She said it: "Considering I paid on our first date -- actually we went 50-50 -- I never dreamed we would be sitting here talking about $80 million." --Cristina Young at Friday's press conference announcing the signing of her husband, shortstop Michael Young Koronka struggles: Rangers pitcher John Koronka pitched a scoreless third inning on Friday, but then gave up six runs in the fourth inning in an 8-6 loss to the Royals. "He got the ball in the wrong place," Washington said. "His next outing will prove what he's made of." Kameron Loe was the highlight of the afternoon for the Rangers, pitching two scoreless innings. "Loe was sharp," Washington said. "He pounded the strike zone and kept the ball in play." Briefly: First-base coach Gary Pettis is away from the team for a few days because of personal reasons. ... Infielder Joaquin Arias still can't play the field because of a sore shoulder, but may get at least one at-bat in Saturday's game.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Scott Merkin contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.