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    L.A. Angels «3
    Texas2

    Angels 3, Rangers 2

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    SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - The Los Angeles Angels were OK with Ervin Santana pitching to Texas. The Rangers didn't want Matt Harrison facing their AL West rival.

    Santana allowed one run and five over five innings Saturday, helping the Angels to a 3-2 victory in the first of back-to-back games between the division opponents.

    "I don't try to change a thing," said Santana, who is 12-9 in 24 career starts against the Rangers. "I just stick to my routine and try to use all my pitches."

    Santana walked two and struck out two. He allowed at least one runner each inning but held Texas scoreless until Ian Kinsler hit his third spring training homer leading off the fifth.

    Harrison, whose regular turn in the rotation was Saturday, pitched in a minor league game on a back field. Japanese rookie Yu Darvish will pitch in an intrasquad game against Texas minor-leaguers Sunday rather than travel to Tempe to face Los Angeles.

    Rangers starter Greg Reynolds started in Harrison's place and gave up one unearned run and two hits in five innings.

    "He pitched well and kept the ball down," Texas manager Ron Washington said.

    Texas first baseman Brad Hawpe, who is fighting for one of the final roster spots, hit his first home run, a drive leading off the seventh.

    New closer Joe Nathan followed Reynolds and allowed two runs, three hits and a wild pitch in one inning. Nathan has given up eight runs and eight hits in five innings.

    "He's my closer," Washington said. "My assessment of that is, get it out of your system now. The ball's coming out of his hand well. I know what he's capable of doing."

    NOTES: Harrison pitched six scoreless innings against Triple-A Omaha, allowing two hits and striking out four. ... Angels C Kendrys Morales went 1 for 3 with an RBI before a pinch-runner replaced him in the sixth. Morales, who has played three straight days after missing the entire 2011 season with an ankle injury, received a standing ovation from the many Angels fans in the sellout crowd as he returned to the dugout. ... Rangers RHP Neftali Feliz, who left his start Tuesday after three innings with stiffness in his right shoulder, threw 25 pitches off a bullpen mound and is to throw another bullpen session Sunday. ... All the Texas starters save center fielder Julio Borbon were given the afternoon off after the fifth inning.

     
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    Los Angeles Angels
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Peter Bourjos, CF3110100 .282
        Travis Witherspoon, PR-CF0000000 .250
    Alexi Amarista, 2B3111000 .368
        Efren Navarro, 1B1000001 .100
    Alberto Callaspo, 3B4000001 .375
    Kendrys Morales, DH3011010 .556
        Mike Trout, PR-DH1000000 .000
    Mark Trumbo, RF3110011 .355
        Rian Kiniry, LF1000000 .000
    Hank Conger, C3010011 .297
    Jorge Cantu, 1B2000011 .273
        Taylor Lindsey, 2B1000000 .667
    Andrew Romine, SS3000010 .190
    Kole Calhoun, LF-RF2000012 .333
       a- Robinzon Diaz, PH-RF1000000 .222
    Totals3135216  
    a-grounded out for Calhoun in the 8th
    Batting
    2B - Alexi Amarista (2, Nathan), Mark Trumbo (2, Reynolds)
    RBI - Alexi Amarista (10), Kendrys Morales (2)
    CS - Mike Trout (2, 2nd base by Nathan/Napoli), Jorge Cantu (1, 3rd base by Reynolds/Napoli)
    Team LOB - 2
    Fielding
    DP - Callaspo-Lindsey-Navarro
    Los Angeles Angels
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Ervin Santana (W,1-0) 5511221 2.19
    LaTroy Hawkins (H,4) 2211021 6.00
    Kevin Johnson (H,1) 1.1100110 2.70
    Andrew Taylor (S,1) 0.2000010 3.00
    Pitches-Strikes - Ervin Santana 74-43, LaTroy Hawkins 34-22, Kevin Johnson 24-13, Andrew Taylor 8-5
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 10-3, LaTroy Hawkins 2-1, Kevin Johnson 2-0
    Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 22, LaTroy Hawkins 7, Kevin Johnson 5, Andrew Taylor 2
    Texas Rangers
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Ian Kinsler, 2B3111000 .368
        Luis Hernandez, 2B1010000 .286
    Elvis Andrus, SS3000000 .381
        Alberto Gonzalez, SS1000000 .321
    Josh Hamilton, LF3020000 .244
        Joey Butler, LF1010000 .400
    Adrian Beltre, DH3000012 .211
       a- Craig Gentry, PH-DH1000011 .130
    Michael Young, 3B1000100 .387
        Brandon Snyder, 3B2000011 .250
    Nelson Cruz, RF2000011 .250
        Conor Jackson, RF2000000 .067
    Mike Napoli, C3010000 .316
        Luis Martinez, C0000100 .455
        Renny Osuna, PR0000000 .250
    Mitch Moreland, 1B1010100 .233
        Brad Hawpe, 1B2111011 .235
    Julio Borbon, CF4000015 .286
    Totals3328236  
    a-struck out for Beltre in the 8th
    Batting
    2B - Josh Hamilton (2, Santana)
    HR - Ian Kinsler (3, Santana), Brad Hawpe (1, Hawkins)
    RBI - Ian Kinsler (5), Brad Hawpe (2)
    CS - Luis Hernandez (1, 2nd base by Hawkins/Conger)
    Team LOB - 7
    Fielding
    DP - Napoli-Young, Hernandez-Hawpe
    E - Ian Kinsler (3, Misplayed grounder)
    Texas Rangers
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Greg Reynolds 5211040 3.75
    Joe Nathan (L,0-3) 1322010 14.40
    Koji Uehara 1000010 14.21
    Joe Beimel 1000100 4.50
    Mark Lowe 1000000 3.00
    WP - Greg Reynolds (1), Joe Nathan (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - Greg Reynolds 65-46, Joe Nathan 23-18, Koji Uehara 7-6, Joe Beimel 14-7, Mark Lowe 9-6
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Greg Reynolds 8-4, Joe Nathan 1-0, Koji Uehara 2-0, Joe Beimel 2-0
    Batters Faced - Greg Reynolds 18, Joe Nathan 5, Koji Uehara 3, Joe Beimel 3, Mark Lowe 3
    Game Information
    Attendance - 11261
    Game Time - 2:45
    Temperature - 81
    Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Al Porter, Second Base - Stephen Barga, Third Base - Tripp Gibson