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    GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - The Cincinnati Reds gave up a lot to get Mat Latos, and manager Dusty Baker likes what he's seen from the right-hander this spring.

    Latos pitched five strong innings to lead the Reds to a 6-2 victory over a split-squad of Texas Rangers on Thursday night. He yielded a leadoff homer to Julio Borbon to start the game, then allowed just three more hits while striking out three and walking none.

    "He located his fastball for strike one," Dusty Baker said. "When you are able to get that first strike you can do a lot of things. His slider was outstanding. He just hung one to (Julio) Borbon in the first inning."

    The Reds gave up three players drafted in the first round and former All-Star Edinson Volquez to get Latos from the Padres in December. Cincinnati was willing to part with top talent to get a pitcher who could go deep in games and take stress off the bullpen. Latos was the second Reds pitcher to work five innings.

    Rangers starter Scott Feldman gave up two runs and eight hits - including six doubles - in 4 1-3 innings. He was a starter for Texas from 2008-10 but was a long reliever and spot starter for the Rangers last season.

    Feldman is competing with Neftali Feliz, who was the closer for a spot in the rotation. They will both pitch again on Monday.

    "I want to start," Feldman said. "I just show up and try to get guys out and have a good attitude. It's not my decision but I have the peace of mind that I can get guys out."

    Zack Cozart and Devin Mesoraco had two doubles apiece for Cincinnati. Jay Bruce and Scott Rolen also doubled, and Dioner Navarro homered off Joe Beimel

    Borbon also singled for Texas.

    NOTES: Ryan Madson, who the Reds signed as free agent to be the closer, still has not pitched in a spring game. He was held out with a sore elbow but looked good according to general manager Walt Jocketty after pitching in a simulated game on Tuesday. ... Cozart has six extra-base hits in his last five games. ... Brad Hawpe was the designated hitter for Texas in both games Thursday. He was 0 for 3 against the Chicago Cubs in the afternoon and 1 for 3 with a double against Cincinnati. ... Texas has hit 11 home runs in its last nine games.

     
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    Texas Rangers
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Julio Borbon, CF3121010 .345
        Leonys Martin, CF1000001 .240
    Alberto Gonzalez, SS3010001 .308
        Luis Hernandez, SS1000000 .231
    David Murphy, LF3000001 .353
        Engel Beltre, LF1000000 .261
    Nelson Cruz, RF3010010 .258
        Joey Butler, PR-RF0100100 .250
    Mitch Moreland, 1B3000001 .200
        Brandon Snyder, PR-1B1010000 .267
    Yorvit Torrealba, C2000000 .227
        Dusty Brown, C2010001 .375
    Brad Hawpe, DH3010012 .250
    Mike Olt, 3B2000021 .207
        Yangervis Solarte, 3B1000010 .300
    Greg Miclat, 2B2000000 .231
        Rougned Odor, 2B10100001.000
    Totals3228116  
    Batting
    2B - Brandon Snyder (1, Mahay), Brad Hawpe (1, Latos)
    HR - Julio Borbon (1, Latos)
    RBI - Julio Borbon (4)
    PK - Rougned Odor (1, LeCure)
    Team LOB - 4
    Texas Rangers
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Scott Feldman (L,0-2) 4.1822130 4.50
    Tanner Scheppers 1.2533020 7.36
    Joe Beimel 1111001 5.40
    Michael Kirkman 1000020 7.00
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Feldman 8-2, Tanner Scheppers 2-1, Joe Beimel 1-2, Michael Kirkman 1-0
    Batters Faced - Scott Feldman 22, Tanner Scheppers 10, Joe Beimel 4, Michael Kirkman 3
    Cincinnati Reds
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Drew Stubbs, CF3000001 .231
       a- Denis Phipps, PH-CF2110010 .324
    Zack Cozart, SS3120000 .441
       b- Paul Janish, PH-SS2012000 .286
    Jay Bruce, RF2111010 .357
       c- Ryan Ludwick, PH-RF2000121 .226
    Scott Rolen, 3B2011000 .346
       d- Miguel Cairo, PH-3B2020000 .360
        Henry Rodriguez, 3B0000000 .316
    Juan Francisco, 1B2000011 .161
       e- Todd Frazier, PH-1B2000015 .265
    Chris Heisey, LF3000004 .143
       f- Ryan Hanigan, PH1000000 .185
    Devin Mesoraco, C3120000 .200
        Dioner Navarro, C1111000 .160
    Wilson Valdez, 2B2010000 .286
        Chris Valaika, 2B1000000 .450
        Willie Harris, LF2111000 .267
    Totals37614617  
    a-singled for Stubbs in the 6th
    b-singled for Cozart in the 6th
    c-walked for Bruce in the 5th
    d-singled for Rolen in the 5th
    e-struck out for Francisco in the 5th
    f-flied out for Ondrusek in the 7th
    Batting
    2B - Zack Cozart 2 (6, Feldman, Feldman), Jay Bruce (3, Feldman), Scott Rolen (4, Feldman), Devin Mesoraco 2 (3, Feldman, Scheppers), Mat Latos (1, Feldman)
    HR - Dioner Navarro (2, Beimel)
    SH - Wilson Valdez (1)
    RBI - Paul Janish 2 (3), Jay Bruce (8), Scott Rolen (6), Dioner Navarro (4), Willie Harris (7)
    SB - Denis Phipps (2, 2nd base off Scheppers/Brown)
    Team LOB - 9
    Fielding
    DP - Valdez-Cozart-Francisco, Rolen-Valdez-Francisco
    Cincinnati Reds
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Mat Latos (W,2-0) 5411031 1.93
    Nick Masset (H,1) 1000010 0.00
    Logan Ondrusek (H,2) 1200010 2.45
    Sam LeCure (H,2) 1100010 8.38
    Ron Mahay 1111100 9.00
    WP - Ron Mahay (1)
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mat Latos 7-3, Nick Masset 1-1, Logan Ondrusek 1-1, Ron Mahay 2-1
    Batters Faced - Mat Latos 17, Nick Masset 3, Logan Ondrusek 5, Sam LeCure 3, Ron Mahay 5
    Game Information
    Attendance - 4522
    Game Time - 2:50
    Temperature - 75
    Umpires - Home - Clint Fagan, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Stephen Barga, Third Base - Tripp Gibson