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Feliz struggles, Soria sharp, White Sox top Texas


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SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Neftali Feliz and Joakim Soria, the leading candidates to replace Joe Nathan as the Texas closer, had contrasting results in the Rangers' 9-7 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.

Feliz and Soria are former AL All-Star closers. They both pitched sparingly last year while rebounding from elbow surgery.

Feliz surrendered three hits, including a two-run homer to Tyler Flowers in the sixth.

''It was a fastball out over the plate,'' Rangers manager Ron Washington said. ''He tried to go down and away and left it up.''

Soria worked a flawless fifth, throwing nine strikes in 16 pitches.

''Soria was Soria, a pro,'' Washington said. ''He just went out there and got his three outs and got off the field. Pitching is about hitting your spots and Soria can hit his spots.''

Adrian Beltre drove in two runs with two singles as the Rangers took a 4-1 lead. Beltre, Prince Fielder, Jurickson Profar and Brent Lillibridge combined to go 8 for 8 with four RBIs in the first two innings.

Adrian Nieto, a Rule 5 draft pick, and Jared Mitchell delivered two-run singles in Chicago's five-run ninth off three relievers.

STARTING TIME

White Sox: Felipe Paulino's Chicago debut was not pretty. The first four Rangers collected hits and nine of the 13 batters he faced reached base (eight hits and a walk) in 1 2-3 innings. He threw 47 pitches and committed a balk. Paulino had Tommy John surgery in 2012 and pitched just 27 2-3 innings last season in seven minor league rehab starts.

''The good thing now, my arm feels OK,'' Paulino said. ''It is how I wake up tomorrow, but I believe I'll be OK. I feel confident about this. The past is past. I'm looking forward.

''They hit me. Find the holes, that's part of the game. I will try to build it up and hopefully next time will get better luck.''

Rangers: Left-hander Robbie Ross, who was 10-2 with a 2.62 ERA in 123 relief appearances for Texas the past two years, yielded one run on two hits in two innings. He walked one and hit leadoff hitter Adam Eaton. Ross, who started in the minors, is a rotation candidate.

''Coming in, there's a chance instead of throwing 70 innings I might throw 200 innings,'' Ross said. ''I'm thinking of getting my legs as strong as I possibly can, doing the things I need to do to get strong. We don't have Derek (Holland, knee surgery) here, so that opens up a spot. Obviously, I'm wanting to get a starting spot. That's what I'm battling for, but at the same time, I'm battling for a relief spot. Whichever is fine with me, it's just that I'd like to get that starting spot.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo has left triceps soreness and did not play. He is expected to miss a few games to quiet it down. Shortstop Elvis Andrus missed his second straight game with right flexor tendinitis.

White Sox: Paul Konerko was scratched as a precaution after feeling sick.

DUNN FOR OSCAR

White Sox slugger Adam Dunn left to attend the Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Dunn had a cameo non-speaking appearance as bartender Neddie Jay in the Oscar-nominated movie ''Dallas Buyers Club.''

HAT IN RING

Tanner Scheppers, who worked exclusively as a reliever in his first two Texas seasons, is also a starting candidate. He tossed two scoreless innings, allowing one single, striking out one and hitting two batters.

''I still feel kind of rusty with everything,'' Scheppers said. ''It was my first time to throw to J.P. (Arencibia, catcher), something I actually really enjoyed, but we've still got to learn each other's moves.''

 
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Chicago

M. McDade
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Texas

K. Kouzmanoff
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Chicago White Sox
Adam Eaton , LF2000002.333.600.333
Avisail Garcia , RF2110000.250.400.250
Jose Abreu , 1B3000003.000.000.000
Dayan Viciedo , LF3010002.400.400.400
Mike McDade , 1B3021012.500.600.500
  Jordan Danks , PR-CF1100112.333.500.333
Conor Gillaspie , 3B3100005.000.000.000
Alexei Ramirez , SS3000011.000.000.000
Tyler Flowers , C2112000.500.6001.000
Gordon Beckham , 2B2010101.250.400.250
  Carlos Sanchez , PR-SS21210001.0001.0001.000
Blake Tekotte , CF2000002.000.333.000
Alejandro De Aza , CF2110001.500.500.500
Andy Wilkins , 3B11102001.0001.0001.000
Trayce Thompson , CF3011014.200.200.200
Matt Davidson , 3B1000102.333.500.667
  Leury Garcia , PR0100000.000.000.000
Marcus Semien , SS2000005.000.250.000
Adrian Nieto , C2112000.500.500.500
Jared Mitchell , CF1012000.333.333.333
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BATTING
HR - T Flowers (1)
RBI - M McDade (1); T Flowers 2 (2); C Sanchez (1); T Thompson (1); A Nieto 2 (2); J Mitchell 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
SB - C Sanchez (1)
Chicago White Sox
Felipe Paulino 1.284411021.60
David Purcey 1.10000300.00
Deunte Heath 1.00000300.00
Scott Snodgress 1.00000000.00
Zach Putnam 1.00000100.00
Nestor Molina 1.022201118.00
Brian Omogrosso (W,1-0) 1.02001100.00
Evan Crawford (S,1) 1.01111009.00
Texas Rangers
Jurickson Profar , 2B5121013.308.357.462
Brent Lillibridge , SS3220010.571.5711.000
Prince Fielder , 1B3021010.429.429.857
Adrian Beltre , 3B3022000.500.571.667
Brad Snyder , RF3000024.250.333.375
J.P. Arencibia , C3000002.143.143.286
Michael Choice , CF2000003.375.375.500
Engel Beltre , CF3000121.364.417.364
Adam Rosales , SS1100111.200.333.200
Bryan Petersen , RF2010000.167.286.167
Josh Wilson , SS2010000.500.500.667
Kensuke Tanaka , LF1210100.500.750.500
Kevin Kouzmanoff , 3B2113000.333.429.833
Alex Castellanos , LF2010010.333.429.500
Jim Adduci , CF2000001.167.167.167
Brett Nicholas , C2000011.000.000.000
Totals39713731016  
BATTING
2B - J Profar (2)
HR - K Kouzmanoff (1)
RBI - J Profar (3); P Fielder (2); A Beltre 2 (2); K Kouzmanoff 3 (3)
BASERUNNING
CS - J Profar (1)
Texas Rangers
Robbie Ross 2.02111004.50
Tanner Scheppers 2.01000100.00
Joakim Soria 1.00000000.00
Neftali Feliz 1.032201118.00
Armando Rodriguez 1.03110104.50
Cory Burns 1.010000016.20
Nate Adcock (L,0-1) 0.214431032.40
Scott Richmond 0.02111009.00
Johan Yan 0.10000000.00