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    MESA, Ariz. (AP) - The Texas Rangers' 6-2 win over a Chicago Cubs' split squad on Tuesday was notable for pitchers leaving the game early.

    Texas starter Neftali Feliz came out after three shutout innings because of shoulder stiffness. Cubs closer Carlos Marmol got just two outs because of a cramp in his pitching hand.

    "I feel normal. That's a good thing," Marmol said. "I wasn't scared."

    He pointed to the palm of his hand at the base of his index and middle fingers, saying the cramp started at the fingers and went into the hand.

    Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Marmol told him he had had the condition during spring training in previous years, and said the pitcher wanted to remain in the game.

    "At least it's not an elbow or forearm," Sveum said.

    Feliz, a right-hander switching from closer to starter, allowed two hits, struck out two and walked one. He left the ballpark early and was not available for comment. Feliz was to be re-evaluated Wednesday.

    Ryan Dempster gave up two runs and four hits in six innings, the longest outing for a Cubs pitcher this year. He allowed Dustin Brown's two-run, opposite-field homer to right in the second.

    "It was nice to go out and get some extended time. I was able to execute," said Dempster, a possible opening-day starter.

    Sveum liked what he saw of Dempster.

    "He had great fastball command," Sveum said. "When he has his command, up, down, away, he can be really tough. There are not too many people who work harder. It's impressive, the work ethic, the drive that he has."

    Blake DeWitt hit a run-scoring triple in the fourth against left-hander Neal Cotts, and Reed Johnson hit a sacrifice fly.

    Engel Beltre walked with the bases loaded in the eighth and Conor Jackson had an RBI single. Leonys Martin hit a two-run homer in the ninth.

    NOTES: Rangers manager Ron Washington missed the game while attending the funeral of his brother-in-law in Louisiana. He is expected back for one of the team's split-squad games on Thursday against the Cubs and Cincinnati. ... Texas reassigned OF Kyle Hudson, C Tommy Mendonca and INF Yangervis Solarte to its minor league camp.

     
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    Texas Rangers
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Julio Borbon, CF3000000 .308
        Leonys Martin, RF2222000 .250
    Craig Gentry, RF-CF4120110 .167
    Mitch Moreland, 1B3010010 .216
        Brandon Snyder, 1B1000011 .214
    Mike Napoli, DH1100200 .333
       a- Engel Beltre, PH-DH0001100 .273
    Conor Jackson, LF4011012 .083
        Joey Butler, PR-LF0000000 .250
    Dusty Brown, C2112001 .333
        Chris Robinson, C1000001 .273
    Mike Olt, 3B2000110 .222
        Yangervis Solarte, 2B1000000 .316
    Greg Miclat, 2B3010002 .250
        Alberto Gonzalez, 3B1000000 .304
    Luis Hernandez, SS4110011 .240
    Totals3269656  
    a-walked for Napoli in the 8th
    Batting
    HR - Leonys Martin (2, Cabrera), Dusty Brown (1, Dempster)
    RBI - Leonys Martin 2 (3), Engel Beltre (6), Conor Jackson (2), Dusty Brown 2 (3)
    2-OUT RBI - Leonys Martin 2 (3)
    SB - Leonys Martin (2, 2nd base off L. Castillo/Castillo)
    CS - Craig Gentry (1, 2nd base by Dempster/Soto), Greg Miclat (1, 2nd base by Dempster/Soto)
    Team LOB - 6
    Fielding
    E - Yangervis Solarte (1, Misplayed grounder)
    Texas Rangers
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Neftali Feliz 3200120 4.50
    Neal Cotts (BS,1) 2222120 7.11
    Koji Uehara 1000000 12.46
    Michael Kirkman (W,1-1) 2100010 7.88
    Sean Green 1100110 6.35
    HBP - Johnson (by Michael Kirkman)
    WP - Neal Cotts (2)
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Neftali Feliz 4-3, Neal Cotts 1-3, Koji Uehara 1-2, Michael Kirkman 1-4, Sean Green 1-1
    Batters Faced - Neftali Feliz 12, Neal Cotts 9, Koji Uehara 3, Michael Kirkman 8, Sean Green 5
    Chicago Cubs
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    David DeJesus, RF3000010 .212
        Matt Szczur, RF1000000 .150
       a- Blake Lalli, PH1000012 .429
    Marlon Byrd, CF3000000 .278
        Jae-Hoon Ha, CF1000000 .250
    Starlin Castro, SS4020000 .318
    Jeff Baker, 2B2100101 .259
        Adrian Cardenas, 2B1000000 .231
    Geovany Soto, C2000111 .250
       b- Junior Lake, PH1000002 .143
    Blake DeWitt, 3B-LF4121000 .333
    Reed Johnson, LF1001000 .200
        Greg Rohan, 3B1000000 .000
    Anthony Rizzo, 1B4020013 .375
        Welington Castillo, C1000111 .346
    Totals3226236  
    a-struck out for Szczur in the 9th
    b-flied out for Cabrera in the 8th
    Batting
    2B - Starlin Castro (4, Kirkman)
    3B - Starlin Castro (1, Feliz), Blake DeWitt (1, Cotts)
    SF - Reed Johnson (1)
    RBI - Blake DeWitt (4), Reed Johnson (1)
    CS - Reed Johnson (1, 2nd base by Kirkman/Robinson)
    Team LOB - 8
    Fielding
    DP - Castro-Baker-Rizzo, Cardenas-Castro-Rizzo
    Chicago Cubs
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Ryan Dempster 6422231 3.68
    Carlos Marmol 0.2000010 11.81
    Lendy Castillo (L,0-1) 0.2222310 3.52
    Alberto Cabrera 1.2322011 9.00
    HBP - Robinson (by Carlos Marmol), Snyder (by Lendy Castillo)
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Dempster 4-8, Carlos Marmol 1-0, Lendy Castillo 1-0, Alberto Cabrera 3-0
    Batters Faced - Ryan Dempster 21, Carlos Marmol 3, Lendy Castillo 8, Alberto Cabrera 7
    Game Information
    Attendance - 8384
    Game Time - 3:03
    Temperature - 61
    Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Chris Guccione