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    SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Milwaukee's Norichika Aoki upstaged fellow Japanese newcomer Yu Darvish on Monday afternoon.

    Aoki had three hits, including a triple, and drove in three runs Monday as the Brewers rallied past the Texas Rangers 5-3.

    Aoki hit an RBI single in the second off Darvish, then tied the game at 3 in the sixth when he tripled to score Alex Gonzalez and George Kottaras. Aoki came home on Cesar Izturis' squeeze bunt.

    Coming in, Aoki had been 4 for 28 during spring training.

    "He needed to have that game just so he could get back on track," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "I know he's been pressing and has been trying to do well for us. This has to make him feel good."

    Roenicke told Aoki last week not to put too much pressure on himself.

    "It's just an honor to have a conversation with him," Aoki said through an interpreter. "Playing in a different environment it helped me relax and calm down."

    Making his third start, Darvish allowed one hit and three walks in four innings with four strikeouts and a hit batter.

    Aoki and the Brewers were able to capitalize on Darvish's inconsistency.

    Travis Ishikawa led off the second with a walk, and Darvish hit Jonathan Lucroy in the back with a fastball that appeared to slip out of his hand. Aoki, who said he was 0 for 4 against Darvish in Japan, followed with a single that pulled the Brewers to 2-1.

    Aoki singled again in the fifth, and he tripled in the sixth against Joe Nathan.

    "He's a great hitter," Darvish said through an interpreter. "He's always been a great hitter. The Brewers have a lot of tough hittersm and he seems to be just like one of them."

    Darvish, who retired the side in order in the first and third, walked a pair of hitters in the fourth. He escaped trouble when he induced Lucroy into an broken-bat, inning-ending double play on a two-seam fastball inside.

    "A few weeks ago, I couldn't even throw that for a strike," Darvish said. "Today, throwing that pitch in that situation and getting a ground ball when I needed one was a relief."

    Fastball command remained an issue for Darvish, who threw only 39 of 70 pitches for strikes.

    "Every spring I'm usually not sharp," Darvish said. "I think my situation right now at this time, I don't see much difference from previous springs. The way my body's working and my delivery, I'm not able to repeat right now. These are the things I'm going to work on polishing."

    Rickie Weeks struck out twice against Darvish.

    "I'm not the guy to talk to for all this praise, but he's a great pitcher," Weeks said.

    Darvish is slated to pitch in an intrasquad game Sunday rather than travel to Tempe to face the Los Angeles Angels.

    Brewers starter Randy Wolf gave up three runs, 10 hits and two walks in five innings with four strikeouts.

    Elvis Andrus had three hits, including two off Wolf. Kentrail Davis homered for Milwaukee.

    NOTES: Mike Napoli was behind the plate for Texas for the first time in more than a week after starting the previous three days at DH. He also was catching Darvish for the first time. ... Rangers 1B Brad Hawpe, who missed a week of games with tightness in his right hamstring, has similar tightness in his left hamstring. He did not play Monday. ... Texas started what essentially was an opening day lineup against Wolf. ... Brewers OF Corey Hart hopes to play in minor league games this weekend. Hart had surgery March 6 to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee. ... The Rangers optioned RHPs Cody Eppley, Justin Miller and Neil Ramirez and LHP Martin Perez to Triple-A Round Rock; RHP Jake Brigham and LHP Miguel De Los Santos to Double-A Frisco and RHP Roman Mendez to High-A Myrtle Beach.

     
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    Milwaukee Brewers
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Rickie Weeks, 2B2000220 .300
        Caleb Gindl, RF-LF1010000 .308
    Nyjer Morgan, RF4000001 .161
        Taylor Green, 2B-3B1000000 .269
    Ryan Braun, LF2000100 .059
        Logan Schafer, LF-CF2000010 .407
    Travis Ishikawa, 1B2100203 .310
        Sean Halton, 1B0000000 .000
    Alex Gonzalez, SS3110002 .379
        Edwin Maysonet, SS1000000 .167
    George Kottaras, DH2110111 .333
       a- Paul Phillips, PH-DH1000000 .167
    Jonathan Lucroy, C2000013 .520
       b- Martin Maldonado, PH-C1000000 .111
    Aoki Norichika, CF3133000 .256
        Kentrail Davis, RF1111000 .143
    Cesar Izturis, 3B2001023 .179
        Brooks Conrad, 2B1000000 .207
    Totals3157567  
    a-popped out for Kottaras in the 8th
    b-grounded out for Lucroy in the 8th
    Batting
    3B - Aoki Norichika (2, Nathan)
    HR - Kentrail Davis (1, Tateyama)
    SH - Cesar Izturis (1)
    RBI - Aoki Norichika 3 (5), Kentrail Davis (1), Cesar Izturis (5)
    2-OUT RBI - Aoki Norichika (2), Kentrail Davis (1)
    SB - Aoki Norichika (1, 2nd base off Scheppers/Martinez)
    CS - Caleb Gindl (2, 2nd base by Lowe/Martinez)
    Team LOB - 7
    Fielding
    DP - A. Gonzalez-Weeks-Ishikawa
    E - Taylor Green (1, Misplayed grounder)
    Milwaukee Brewers
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Randy Wolf (W,3-0) 51033240 3.29
    Jose Veras (H,3) 1100010 3.00
    John Axford (H,3) 1000020 1.50
    Tim Dillard (H,2) 1000000 5.14
    Mike McClendon (S,2) 1100010 1.13
    Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wolf 77-51, Jose Veras 9-7, John Axford 18-11, Tim Dillard 8-4, Mike McClendon 16-10
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wolf 5-5, Jose Veras 1-1, John Axford 1-0, Tim Dillard 2-1, Mike McClendon 1-1
    Batters Faced - Randy Wolf 26, Jose Veras 4, John Axford 3, Tim Dillard 3, Mike McClendon 4
    Texas Rangers
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Ian Kinsler, 2B4120013 .429
        Greg Miclat, 2B1000010 .238
    Elvis Andrus, SS4130001 .455
        Alberto Gonzalez, SS1010000 .318
    Josh Hamilton, CF3001016 .167
        Craig Gentry, CF1000001 .071
    Adrian Beltre, 3B3011000 .241
        Mike Olt, 3B2000011 .240
    Michael Young, DH3020000 .385
       a- Julio Borbon, PH-DH1000010 .348
    Nelson Cruz, RF2100113 .250
        Kyle Hudson, RF1000000 .125
    Mike Napoli, C1000112 .357
        Luis Martinez, C2010000 .450
    David Murphy, LF3011000 .387
        Engel Beltre, PR-LF1000000 .273
    Mitch Moreland, 1B3010014 .206
        Brandon Snyder, 1B1000000 .231
    Totals37312328  
    a-struck out for Young in the 7th
    Batting
    2B - Ian Kinsler (3, Wolf)
    SF - Josh Hamilton (1)
    RBI - Josh Hamilton (2), Adrian Beltre (6), David Murphy (6)
    2-OUT RBI - David Murphy (4)
    CS - Elvis Andrus (1, 2nd base by Wolf/Lucroy)
    Team LOB - 10
    Fielding
    DP - Beltre-Kinsler-Moreland
    Texas Rangers
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Yu Darvish 4111340 3.00
    Tanner Scheppers (H,2) 0.2100210 4.76
    Ben Snyder (H,3) 0.1000000 0.00
    Joe Nathan (BS,2; L,0-2) 1333110 18.00
    Joe Beimel 1000010 4.50
    Yoshinori Tateyama 1111001 1.80
    Mark Lowe 1100000 2.25
    HBP - Lucroy (by Yu Darvish)
    WP - Yu Darvish (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - Yu Darvish 70-39, Tanner Scheppers 26-11, Ben Snyder 7-4, Joe Nathan 23-16, Joe Beimel 12-9, Yoshinori Tateyama 14-9, Mark Lowe 9-7
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yu Darvish 4-3, Tanner Scheppers 1-0, Joe Nathan 2-0, Joe Beimel 1-1, Yoshinori Tateyama 1-2, Mark Lowe 2-0
    Batters Faced - Yu Darvish 16, Tanner Scheppers 5, Ben Snyder 1, Joe Nathan 7, Joe Beimel 3, Yoshinori Tateyama 4, Mark Lowe 3
    Game Information
    Attendance - 5963
    Game Time - 2:50
    Temperature - 54
    Umpires - Home - John Tumpane, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - Mike Muchlinski, Third Base - Stephen Barga