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    Rangers 7, Indians 4

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    GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Neftali Feliz is healthy and ready to make his first start for the Texas Rangers.

    The former closer pitched five innings and Mitch Moreland hit a two-run homer to help Texas beat the Cleveland Indians 7-4 Saturday night.

    Rangers reliever Neal Cotts, in the mix for the final bullpen spot, strained a muscle on the left side of his chest and will be evaluated.

    "There's never a good time to get an injury," Texas general manager Jon Daniels said. "It may be a seven-to-10-day thing. Hopefully, that's all. I think we'll see him back out there for us."

    Texas was without center fielder Josh Hamilton. He left Friday's game with a tight left groin and is day-to-day.

    Michael Brantley and Jason Kipnis hit solo homers for Cleveland, which has averaged 2.8 runs during a 10-game Cactus League losing streak.

    "I guess it is our turn this year to say spring training doesn't count," said manager Manny Acta, adding that he remains confident the Indians can score runs.

    Feliz, now Texas' No. 5 starter, allowed three runs and five hits in his first "A" game start since leaving a March 20 outing with right shoulder soreness.

    "I'm ready to start," Feliz said. "If I am healthy, I will be ready. I had no (physical) problems. I am healthy."

    The right-hander struggled to command his overpowering fastball. He walked three, including Lou Marson with the bases loaded.

    "I'm learning to follow the rhythm of the game," said Feliz, a starter in the minors who has pitched 154 times for the Rangers, all in relief. His 72 saves the past two years helped Texas to consecutive World Series appearances.

    "I thought he did well," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He had trouble finding the zone in the second, but minimized the damage and then did well the next three innings. He had a good changeup, breaking ball and let go a few fastballs."

    Cleveland starter Justin Masterson gave up seven hits and six runs over 3 2-3 innings in his final tuneup for his first opening-day start Thursday in Cleveland against Toronto.

    "He was a little flat with his pitches," Acta said. "But he threw 90 pitches, got stretched out and is ready for the season."

    Acta said he will announce his opening-day roster on Sunday. It is expected to include Jose Lopez as a utility infielder and Shelley Duncan as the starter in left field. After hitting five homers early, Duncan has seen his spring average dip to .167.

    Either veteran Jeremy Accardo or newcomer Jairo Asencio could get Cleveland's final bullpen spot. Asencio, acquired from Atlanta, gave up two hits over two scoreless innings in his Indians debut.

    Acta has tried numerous players as he seeks some offense, particularly in the outfield where Grady Sizemore is out after back surgery. Acta acknowledged that camp invitees have not done well enough to claim a job.

    "They haven't got it done," Acta said. "But we have a better offense than last year."

    General manager Chris Antonetti has not commented on reports that Cleveland was close to acquiring veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu from the Los Angeles Angels. Antonetti said Saturday that talks had not slowed down, adding that they "could not intensify."

    NOTES: Texas sent five players to Triple-A Round Rock, including LHP Michael Kirkman. ... Cleveland optioned RHP Kevin Slowey to Triple-A Columbus and tabbed RHP Jeanmar Gomez as its fifth starter. Acta said Gomez, who strained his right hip Friday, should be ready for his first start of the season, likely April 11.

     
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    Texas Rangers
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Ian Kinsler, 2B3111110 .386
        Luis Hernandez, 2B1000000 .282
    Elvis Andrus, SS4120010 .389
        Alberto Gonzalez, SS1000000 .282
    Michael Young, 3B4010001 .420
        Mike Olt, 3B1000000 .194
    Mike Napoli, DH4120000 .297
        Leury Garcia, PR-DH0000000 .333
    Nelson Cruz, RF4110032 .245
        Engel Beltre, RF0000000 .250
    David Murphy, LF4122000 .321
        Ryan Strausborger, LF0000000 .750
    Yorvit Torrealba, C3111010 .270
        Luis Martinez, C0000000 .385
    Mitch Moreland, 1B3112111 .293
        Brandon Snyder, PR-1B0000000 .290
    Craig Gentry, CF3000012 .139
       a- Julio Borbon, PH-CF1000001 .222
    Totals36711628  
    a-hit into fielder's choice for Gentry in the 8th
    Batting
    2B - Mike Napoli 2 (2, Masterson, Asencio), Nelson Cruz (4, Masterson), David Murphy 2 (3, Masterson, Masterson)
    HR - Ian Kinsler (5, Masterson), Mitch Moreland (3, Masterson)
    RBI - Ian Kinsler (8), David Murphy 2 (10), Yorvit Torrealba (8), Mitch Moreland 2 (9)
    CS - Ian Kinsler (1, 2nd base by Smith/Marson)
    Team LOB - 5
    Fielding
    DP - Andrus-Moreland
    Texas Rangers
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Neftali Feliz (W,1-1) 5533342 4.85
    Neal Cotts (H,5) 1100010 4.22
    Koji Uehara (H,3) 1100000 10.61
    Scott Feldman 2211010 3.27
    WP - Neal Cotts (3)
    Pitches-Strikes - Neftali Feliz 41-28, Neal Cotts 7-6, Koji Uehara 4-4, Scott Feldman 10-10
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Neftali Feliz 6-4, Koji Uehara 1-2, Scott Feldman 4-1
    Batters Faced - Neftali Feliz 22, Neal Cotts 4, Koji Uehara 4, Scott Feldman 8
    Cleveland Indians
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Michael Brantley, CF4121014 .306
        Felix Pie, PR-CF1000001 .258
    Asdrubal Cabrera, SS5000005 .211
    Shin-Soo Choo, DH4010011 .255
    Casey Kotchman, 1B3000001 .282
        Aaron Cunningham, LF1110000 .222
    Shelley Duncan, LF-1B3100101 .167
    Jason Kipnis, 2B2121000 .271
        Jose Lopez, 2B2001010 .313
    Ryan Spilborghs, RF4010032 .174
    Jack Hannahan, 3B2010101 .296
        Jason Donald, 3B1000000 .267
    Lou Marson, C2001101 .259
        Matt Pagnozzi, C1010000 .154
    Totals3549436  
    Batting
    2B - Michael Brantley (4, Uehara), Aaron Cunningham (3, Feldman), Matt Pagnozzi (2, Feldman)
    HR - Michael Brantley (2, Feliz), Jason Kipnis (2, Feliz)
    RBI - Michael Brantley (6), Jason Kipnis (7), Jose Lopez (10), Lou Marson (3)
    Team LOB - 7
    Fielding
    DP - Kipnis-A. Cabrera-Kotchman, Hannahan-J. Lopez-Kotchman
    Cleveland Indians
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Justin Masterson (L,0-3) 3.2766032 9.00
    Joe Smith 1.1211110 2.61
    Chris Perez 1000020 0.00
    Jairo Asencio 2200120 2.77
    Vinnie Pestano 1000000 1.74
    HBP - Torrealba (by Justin Masterson)
    WP - Chris Perez (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - Justin Masterson 32-25, Joe Smith 11-6, Chris Perez 8-8, Jairo Asencio 16-12, Vinnie Pestano 3-3
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Masterson 5-2, Joe Smith 1-0, Jairo Asencio 1-3, Vinnie Pestano 2-1
    Batters Faced - Justin Masterson 18, Joe Smith 5, Chris Perez 4, Jairo Asencio 9, Vinnie Pestano 3
    Game Information
    Attendance - 5720
    Game Time - 2:47
    Temperature - 88
    Umpires - Home - Mike Muchlinski, First Base - Angel Campos, Second Base - UMP Nonindividual, Third Base - Clint Fagan