"I try not to think about too many things and keep it simple," Volstad said. "I feel like this is what I should be able to do time and time again. Surprised? No. Happy with the way things are going? Definitely."
He also feels more confident.
"Maybe it's the mental approach of attacking on the mound, experience -- all those things combined," Volstad said. "You could wrap it up into another year of learning."
The Rangers' run off him came in the third inning on a double by second baseman Leury Garcia and a single by Julio Borbon. That ended a streak of eight scoreless innings for Volstad.Up next for Cubs: Travis Wood will try to slow things down on Monday when the lefty makes his second start and third spring appearance, facing the Mariners in Peoria. Wood has struggled so far, and served up six runs on three hits and two walks over one-third of an inning in his last outing. The lefty is a candidate for one of the two openings in the rotation. The game will be broadcast live on a free exclusive cubs.com audio webcast at 3:05 p.m. CT.
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