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SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - A week ago, Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said Alexi Ogando was his No. 4 starter.

On Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers, Ogando showed why.

Ogando scattered two hits and walked three in four scoreless innings of the Rangers' 12-3 win over Milwaukee.

"I felt good," Ogando said through the interpreter. "With the things I was working on, I felt comfortable. There are things you have to work on step by step and you've got to improve that way. I think I'm gradually getting to that stage with what I want to do."

Ogando had struggled in his first three outings, allowing six runs - four earned - in 6 1-3 innings with six walks and seven strikeouts.

Those results, along with speculation that the Rangers might sign another starter, led to some questions whether Ogando might return to the bullpen where he posted a 3.27 ERA and his first three career saves in 58 appearances.

Ogando has had past success as a starter. After being used strictly out of the bullpen in 2010, the right-hander stepped into the rotation the following year and was 13-8 and a 3.51 ERA in 29 starts and 31 appearances overall.

"It's a great confidence when you have a responsibility like that," Ogando said. "You know what you have to work on exactly and you try to do the best you can and contribute to the team as much as you can."

For Washington, the conversation about Ogando begins and ends with his fastball command.

"It was a 100 percent turnaround," Washington said. "He's still need to start commanding his fastball a little better. It's obvious what we've seen out of Ogando the last few outings isn't Ogando. He's a strike thrower."

Unlike Ogando, right-hander Mark Rogers' place in the Brewers' rotation hasn't been solidified and against the Rangers he took a step back.

Rogers, who is competing Wily Peralta for a starting spot, lasted only 1 1-3 innings and gave up six runs - three earned - on three hits and four walks with one strikeout.

Only 18 of Rogers' 42 pitches were thrown for strikes.

"I was a little off," Rogers said. "I don't know how to put it into words. I just didn't feel like myself today. I never got into a groove."

Rogers has allowed 10 runs - five earned - on eight hits with 10 walks in six innings across three starts.

"I've been putting in the work," Rogers said. "My last bullpen was outstanding, probably my best of the spring, but I wasn't able to transfer it over. I've just got to get my consistency back."

Rangers third baseman Jeff Baker singled, homered and drove in a pair of runs. Baker has hit safely in seven straight games and is 12 for 15 over that stretch.

Mike Olt also homered for Texas.

NOTES: Rogers was 3-1 in seven starts for Milwaukee a year ago and struck out 41 in 39 innings. Another roster complication for the Brewers is Rogers is out of minor league options. . Rangers LHP Matt Harrison, who was scratched from his start Saturday with inflammation in his left toe, allowed two runs on four hits and a walk in a "B" game against the Kansas City Royals earlier Tuesday. . Texas CF Julio Borbon homered in the "B" game for the Rangers' only hit. Borbon also started against the Brewers and went 2 for 3. . Before the game, the Rangers assigned RHP Jake Brigham and OF Joey Butler to minor league camp, optioned RHP Neil Ramirez and RHP Justin Miller to the minors and added RHPs Ben Rowen and Lisalverto Bonilla to major league camp from the minor league side.

 
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Milwaukee

S. Halton
AB 1
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 3
Texas

J. Baker
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R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Logan Schafer, CF2010101 .357
    Lance Roenicke, LF2010001 .500
Scooter Gennett, 2B3000003 .207
   a- Hector Gomez, PH-SS1000001 .000
Donnie Murphy, SS3000011 .200
    Dayton Buller, C1000000 .250
Taylor Green, 3B2000100 .143
    Blake Davis, 3B1110000 .333
Caleb Gindl, RF2010101 .385
    Nick Shaw, SS-2B1110000 .400
Blake Lalli, DH2000101 .348
   b- Kentrail Davis, PH-DH1110000 .105
Josh Prince, LF-CF3000013 .138
   c- Adam Weisenburger, PH1000013 .250
Hunter Morris, 1B3000010 .120
    Sean Halton, 1B1013000 .286
Robinzon Diaz, C2010000 .250
    Rene Tosoni, RF2000001 .250
Totals3338344  
a-grounded into a double play for Gennett in the 8th
b-singled for Lalli in the 9th
c-struck out for Prince in the 9th
Batting
2B - Logan Schafer (4, Ogando), Sean Halton (3, Scheppers)
RBI - Sean Halton 3 (4)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Gomez-Shaw-Halton
E - Taylor Green (1, Throwing), Hunter Morris 2 (2, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mark Rogers (L,0-1) 1.1363410 7.50
Michael Olmsted 0.2100000 1.35
Tom Gorzelanny 2321011 3.00
Josh Stinson 1000010 1.29
Alfredo Figaro 1.2322220 2.35
Robert Wooten 0.1000010 6.75
Travis Webb 1222001 13.50
HBP - Soto (by Travis Webb)
WP - Robert Wooten (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Rogers 42-18, Michael Olmsted 11-7, Tom Gorzelanny 32-19, Josh Stinson 13-8, Alfredo Figaro 34-19, Robert Wooten 4-3, Travis Webb 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Rogers 1-3, Tom Gorzelanny 2-4, Josh Stinson 2-0, Alfredo Figaro 1-2, Travis Webb 1-1
Batters Faced - Mark Rogers 12, Michael Olmsted 3, Tom Gorzelanny 10, Josh Stinson 3, Alfredo Figaro 10, Robert Wooten 1, Travis Webb 5
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Elvis Andrus, SS3211100 .294
    Guilder Rodriguez, SS1011000 .200
Julio Borbon, LF3121002 .290
    Jared Hoying, LF2010012 .167
Lance Berkman, DH2111102 .190
   a- Greg Miclat, PH-DH2000013 .000
Jeff Baker, 3B2122100 .529
    Brandon Snyder, 3B2000001 .211
A.J. Pierzynski, C1002000 .308
    Geovany Soto, C1100011 .211
    Juan Apodaca, C0000000 .000
Engel Beltre, RF3000023 .100
    Mike Olt, RF1212100 .160
Leonys Martin, CF3110002 .394
    Jim Adduci, CF1110100 .391
Yangervis Solarte, 2B3100011 .259
    Edwin Garcia, 2B2010001 .667
Brandon Allen, 1B2100101 .200
    Michael Bianucci, 1B0001000 .000
Totals3412121166  
a-flied out for Berkman in the 6th
Batting
2B - Jared Hoying (1, Figaro), Leonys Martin (2, Gorzelanny)
HR - Jeff Baker (1, Gorzelanny), Mike Olt (2, Webb)
SF - A.J. Pierzynski 2 (3), Michael Bianucci (1)
RBI - Elvis Andrus (2), Guilder Rodriguez (1), Julio Borbon (6), Lance Berkman (3), Jeff Baker 2 (6), A.J. Pierzynski 2 (4), Mike Olt 2 (5), Michael Bianucci (1)
2-OUT RBI - Julio Borbon (2)
SB - Elvis Andrus (1, 2nd base off Rogers/Diaz)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Andrus-Solarte-Allen, Snyder-E. Garcia-Bianucci
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Alexi Ogando (W,1-1) 4200330 3.48
Jason Frasor (H,4) 1100000 0.00
Kyle McClellan (H,1) 2000100 0.00
Michael Kirkman (H,2) 1100000 0.00
Tanner Scheppers 1433010 12.00
Pitches-Strikes - Alexi Ogando 67-39, Jason Frasor 11-8, Kyle McClellan 24-13, Michael Kirkman 11-9, Tanner Scheppers 27-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alexi Ogando 4-4, Jason Frasor 2-1, Kyle McClellan 3-3, Michael Kirkman 1-1
Batters Faced - Alexi Ogando 16, Jason Frasor 4, Kyle McClellan 7, Michael Kirkman 3, Tanner Scheppers 7
Game Information
Attendance - 7968
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Adam Hamari, First Base - Al Porter, Second Base - UMP Nonindividual, Third Base - Joel Hospodka