The Hot Corner | Stars Bounce Back


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Here is a look at how local teams did on Wednesday.

Dallas Stars (32-16-13, first in Central Division, second in Western Conference)
Last Game: Stars 4, Arizona Coyotes 2

The Stars bounced back from a brutal overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks with a win over the Arizona Coyotes. Dallas battled back from a 2-1 deficit after the first period as Tyler Seguin led the way with two goals — one shorthanded to put away the game — and an assist.

Noteworthy: The Stars now have 77 points on the season, trailing the Vegas Golden Knights for first place in the Western Conference by one with 21 games remaining in the regular season. Dallas will play Vegas one more time this season — a home game on April 8.

Next Up: Stars at Chicago Blackhawks, 7:30 p.m. CT Thursday


Texas Rangers (3-4 Cactus League)
Last Games: Los Angeles Dodgers 4, Rangers (split-squad) 2 (7 innings)

The Rangers played a couple of split-squad games on Wednesday and lost both. Andrew Heaney made his spring debut against the Dodgers, giving up two earned runs in an inning and two-thirds. The Dodgers scored a run in three consecutive innings to take a 4-1 lead, and their pitching shut almost everything down for the Rangers’ offense.

San Diego Padres 5, Rangers (split-squad) 1 (7 innings)

A three-run second inning helped the Padres get out to a 5-0 lead. Each Rangers pitcher gave up at least one run as San Diego dominated the game.

Noteworthy: Players are still getting used to the new rules, which means a newly implemented pitching clock. In the second inning against the Dodgers, Heaney did not deliver a pitch in time, resulting in an automatic ball for the hitter.

“To be honest, I completely forgot the clock existed there for a second,” Heaney told reporters after the game. “I had a runner on, and I could’ve stepped off and avoided getting the ball there. Just something to get used to, obviously. It’s spring training just for pitching, but now it’s spring training getting used to those things, so I’ll clean that up as we get going.”

Next Up: Rangers at Milwaukee Brewers (3-3), 2:10 p.m. CT Thursday


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