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GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Yu Darvish had no problems with his neck while pitching five innings, an encouraging sign for the Texas Rangers.

Darvish gave up homers to Joey Votto and Todd Frazier but allowed only one other hit during a 6-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday. The right-hander had to be scratched from his scheduled start last Monday because of a stiff neck.

"Overall, I feel good," he said through a translator. "I could have pitched a little bit more."

Darvish struck out five and walked one. Votto's homer came on a breaking pitch and provided more evidence that his surgically repaired left knee is back to full strength. He didn't hit a homer after June 24 last year - surgery for torn cartilage forced him to miss 48 games and robbed him of his power the rest of the season.

Votto has three homers this spring.

"I threw him a slow curve," Darvish said. "It was good hitting."

Darvish was surprised that Frazier's fly ball made it into the stands, assuming it would be an out. Rangers manager Ron Washington thinks Darvish is ready to start the season.

"His fastball had a lot of life on it," Washington said. "He just needs to continue to pitch and stay healthy."

Elvis Andrus hit a double and a two-run homer for Texas, and Mitch Moreland homered off Mat Latos. The right-hander left the game as a precaution in the sixth after Geovany Soto's liner deflected off his left foot.

"Moreland is using the whole field," Washington said. "He's good and healthy now and driving the ball to the opposite field. When he does that, he is at his best."

Latos allowed four runs, nine hits and two walks in 5 2-3 innings. He struck out six and gave up two homers. Reds manager Dusty Baker wasn't concerned about Latos' left foot.

"I don't anticipate anything," Baker said. "He pitched pretty good. He had to keep them in the ballpark because they can really hit."

Rangers third baseman Jeff Baker left in the third inning with a sinus problem.

NOTES: The Rangers reassigned RHP Lisakverto Bonilla, RHP Ben Rowen and INF Yangervis Solarte to minor league camp. ... Texas released C Konrad Schmidt. The Rangers are down to 39 players, including eight non-roster players. ... Texas signed Yoshinori Tateyama to a minor league contract. ... Reds OF Shin-Soo Choo was back in the lineup after missing five games with back spasms. ... Cincinnati reliever Alfredo Simon pitched in a minor league game, his first since rejoining the Reds from the World Baseball Classic. Simon made one appearance for the Dominican Republic, which won the championship.

 
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Cincinnati

J. Votto
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Texas

E. Andrus
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Elvis Andrus, SS3122010 .415
    Jurickson Profar, SS2120000 .244
Leury Garcia, 2B4000011 .208
Mitch Moreland, DH3111021 .420
   a- Craig Gentry, PH-DH2021000 .313
Nelson Cruz, RF3010011 .333
    Joey Butler, RF2000022 .150
Jeff Baker, 3B1000000 .423
    Drew Robinson, 3B3120010 .333
Leonys Martin, CF3000022 .340
    Jake Skole, CF1100110 .000
Jim Adduci, 1B2010101 .415
    Michael Bianucci, 1B2000014 .000
Geovany Soto, C4022001 .219
Julio Borbon, LF4110003 .347
Totals396146212  
a-doubled for Moreland in the 7th
Batting
2B - Elvis Andrus (3, Latos), Craig Gentry (3, Broxton), Geovany Soto (1, Hensley)
3B - Craig Gentry (2, Parra)
HR - Elvis Andrus (2, Latos), Mitch Moreland (4, Latos)
SH - Leury Garcia (1)
RBI - Elvis Andrus 2 (9), Mitch Moreland (12), Craig Gentry (8), Geovany Soto 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Geovany Soto 2 (2)
SB - Jim Adduci 2 (3, 2nd base off Latos/Olivo, 2nd base off Latos/Olivo)
CS - Jurickson Profar (1, 2nd base by Broxton/Olivo)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Profar-L. Garcia-Bianucci
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Yu Darvish (W,1-1) 5322152 1.98
Robbie Ross (H,1) 2100130 2.70
Tanner Scheppers (S,1) 2200000 4.50
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yu Darvish 5-5, Robbie Ross 2-1, Tanner Scheppers 2-3
Batters Faced - Yu Darvish 19, Robbie Ross 8, Tanner Scheppers 7
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Shin-Soo Choo, CF3000011 .357
    Denis Phipps, CF1000000 .250
Brandon Phillips, 2B3000010 .250
    Cesar Izturis, 2B1010000 .318
Joey Votto, 1B3111020 .359
    Donald Lutz, 1B1000001 .306
Ryan Ludwick, LF3020000 .178
    Xavier Paul, LF1000001 .263
Jay Bruce, RF3000022 .220
    Derrick Robinson, RF1000000 .357
Todd Frazier, 3B3111010 .279
    Jack Hannahan, 3B1010000 .229
Zack Cozart, SS2000100 .289
    Emmanuel Burriss, SS1000001 .256
Miguel Olivo, C3000011 .143
    Corky Miller, C0000000 .200
   a- Chris Heisey, PH1000001 .298
Totals3226228  
a-grounded out for Broxton in the 7th
Batting
2B - Ryan Ludwick (3, Ross)
HR - Joey Votto (3, Darvish), Todd Frazier (4, Darvish)
RBI - Joey Votto (10), Todd Frazier (10)
2-OUT RBI - Joey Votto (4)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Votto-Cozart
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mat Latos (L,0-1) 5.2944162 3.78
Nick Christiani 0.1000000 5.63
Jonathan Broxton 1200020 0.00
Clay Hensley 1111030 4.91
Manny Parra 1211110 4.50
HBP - Robinson (by Manny Parra)
WP - Clay Hensley (1)
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mat Latos 7-3, Clay Hensley 1-0, Manny Parra 2-0
Batters Faced - Mat Latos 26, Nick Christiani 1, Jonathan Broxton 4, Clay Hensley 5, Manny Parra 7
Game Information
Attendance - 6192
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Mike DiMuro, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - A.J. Johnson, Third Base - Patrick Mahoney