Nine days ago, Derek Lowe was tossing batting practice to his 9-year-old’s youth-league team.

Fast forward to Friday, and there the 39-year-old was on a big-league mound getting the likes of Pablo Sandoval to fly out and Hunter Pence to ground out.

Lowe had an impressive spring training debut with the Texas Rangers, working two scoreless innings in what became a 5-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants at Scottsdale Stadium.

It’s a good first step for Lowe, who is trying to win a spot in the Rangers’ bullpen after signing a minor-league deal on March 6.

“You can’t duplicate this,” Lowe said of the game action. “You’ve got to get out there and get in competition and try to build on it. You’ve got 10-12 days to go out there and make a good impression and that’s what I’m trying to do.”