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Texas at Los Angeles

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Texas (15-16)0020000103142
L.A. Angels (9-18) «00100320x690

Angels 6, Rangers 3

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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Angles manager Mike Scioscia is very excited about Ernesto Frieri and the rest of his bullpen.

Frieri pitched a hitless inning in Los Angeles' 6-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday.

On getaway day for the Los Angeles Angels and with most of his starting lineup already on the way to California, manager Mike Scioscia gave several glowing reports of the status of his pitching staff, and in particular, the bullpen after Wednesday's 6-3 in over Texas at Tempe, the Angels' final Cactus League game.

"Ernesto looked the best he's looked all season so that is a good sign," said Scioscia, who refused to name Frieri as his opening day closer when pressed Wednesday even though Ryan Madson is still coming back from Tommy John surgery.

Frieri finished with a 4-2 record and a 2.32 ERA with 23 saves for the Angels in 2012. He struck out 80 in 54 1-3 innings.

Still, the Angels took a chance on former Philadelphia closer Ryan Madson, who is recovering from elbow reconstruction surgery and has not pitched since the 2011 season, signing him over the offseason.

Scioscia said Madson threw an undisclosed amount of pitches Wednesday at "100 percent" and added that Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher said that "the ball was coming out of his hand fine."

Madson complained of pain in his elbow again early in camp and has been slowed considerably this spring. Scioscia said Wednesday that Madson "was not even close" to pitching in a game and has at least two more weeks of bullpen work ahead of him.

Earlier Wednesday, the Angels claimed right-hander Mark Lowe from the Los Angeles Dodgers off waivers.

Lowe, 29, was released by the Los Angeles Dodgers last week. He holds a career 3.94 ERA in seven seasons and had a 3.43 ERA with Texas last season over 36 games.

"He's got a big arm so we'll see how it plays out," Scioscia said. "If he throws to his capabilities, there's no doubt he can help us in our bullpen.

Scioscia said he would get a longer look at Lowe in the upcoming Freeway Series.

Garrett Richards, who figures to open the season in the bullpen, allowed three hits in 2 1-3 scoreless innings in his fifth appearance and second start.

Jerome Williams took over for Richards and struck out six in 3 2-3 innings. He allowed two runs and six hits.

"Right now you see that Jerome and Garrett are stretched out," Scioscia said. "I think we feel real good about our starting pitching depth. Right now we'll see where we go from here as we head into the season."

Lance Berkman doubled in a run and Adrian Beltre added an RBI single in a two-run Texas third off Williams.

Texas lashed out 14 hits in the losing effort. Beltre, A.J. Pierzynski and Leonys Martin had two hits apiece.

Left-hander Brad Mills, acquired from the Angels on a waiver claim last Sunday, made his first appearance with the Rangers and his second start overall and fourth spring appearance.

Mills worked four innings and allowed one run and four hits.

"He's got good secondary stuff," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He's got to command that fastball a little better."

Kaleb Cowart doubled in two runs in a three-run Angels' sixth off Michael Kirkman.

NOTES: The Rangers announced INF Brandon Snyder has requested and received his unconditional release from his minor league contract. Snyder batted .277 with three homers and nine RBIs in 40 games with Texas and .253 with two homers and nine RBIs in 23 games at Triple-A Round Rock in 2012. ... The Angels traded RHP Steven Geltz to the Tampa Bay Rays in for RHP Dane De La Rosa. Both were in the minors last season. ... The Angels acquired RHP Elvin Ramirez from the New York Mets for cash considerations. In 20 big league appearances last year, Ramirez had a 5.48 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 21 1-3 innings.

 
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Players of the Game
Texas

A. Beltre
AB 2
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Los Angeles

K. Cowart
AB 2
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler , 2B2010010.233.294.350
Elvis Andrus , SS2010001.400.444.600
  Jurickson Profar , PR-SS3100014.229.327.292
Lance Berkman , 1B2011010.261.390.457
  Yangervis Solarte , PR-DH2100000.239.300.370
Adrian Beltre , 3B2021000.261.265.370
David Murphy , LF2000012.311.348.459
Nelson Cruz , RF2000001.257.278.486
A.J. Pierzynski , C2020000.321.304.491
Mitch Moreland , 1B2000013.386.453.702
Leonys Martin , CF4020011.350.397.483
Leury Garcia , 2B2011000.241.343.414
Jeff Baker , 3B3010013.418.458.545
Julio Borbon , LF3010013.328.394.448
Jim Adduci , RF1110000.413.481.652
Jose Felix , C2010012.364.364.636
Brandon Snyder , 1B2000014.154.258.308
Totals38314301024  
BATTING
2B - L Berkman (3); A Pierzynski (6); L Martin (4)
RBI - L Berkman (10); A Beltre (6); L Garcia (4)
SF - L Garcia (1)
S - J Adduci (1)
BASERUNNING
SB - A Pierzynski (1); L Garcia (2)
Texas Rangers
Brad Mills 4.04111304.50
Yoshinori Tateyama 1.00001003.60
Michael Kirkman (L,0-1) 1.03331002.70
Jimmy Reyes 0.22200000.00
Nate Robertson 0.10000001.59
Tanner Scheppers 1.00000204.00
Los Angeles Angels
Peter Bourjos , CF3000011.333.385.583
Luis Rodriguez , SS3021000.311.340.356
Brendan Harris , SS4110002.264.328.396
Hank Conger , C2000112.333.400.694
  Ryan Jones , PR-LF1100001.000.000.000
John Hester , DH3111002.231.310.269
Luis Jimenez , 3B2000001.250.340.341
J.B. Shuck , SS2010001.300.344.367
a-Chris Snyder , PH-C2011010.217.280.348
Randal Grichuk , RF4000013.263.333.421
Andrew Romine , 3B0100200.267.365.356
Kaleb Cowart , 3B2122000.348.346.522
Kole Calhoun , CF2000011.178.264.333
Efren Navarro , 1B1010000.250.368.344
Taylor Lindsey , 2B1100001.429.429.643
Totals326953515  
a-Singled for J Shuck in the 6th.
BATTING
2B - L Rodriguez (2); J Hester (1)
3B - K Cowart (1)
RBI - L Rodriguez (8); J Hester (3); C Snyder (3); K Cowart 2 (8)
S - J Hester (1)
BASERUNNING
CS - R Jones (1); A Romine (1)
Los Angeles Angels
Garrett Richards 2.13000201.62
Jerome Williams (W,1-1) 3.26220609.00
Kevin Jepsen 1.02000105.40
Sean Burnett 1.031100011.57
Ernesto Frieri (S,1) 1.00000107.00
Game Information
Attendance - 8299
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Jonathan Saphire, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Joel Hospodka