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Prince Fielder hits 2-run homer for Rangers

By ALAN ESKEW
Associated Press
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SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Prince Fielder hit a two-run homer and Tanner Scheppers pitched six strong innings to help the Texas Rangers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-5 Friday.

Fielder homered in the sixth off Rob Wooten with Shin-Soo Choo aboard.

''The past two or three days he is starting to be more consistent with his swing, starting to feel better at the plate,'' Rangers manager Ron Washington said. ''You could even see the difference in BP. He's just spraying the ball around and using his hands well. I hope he continues.''

Scheppers, who has made 115 relief appearances in the majors but is in the mix for a rotation slot, gave up two runs in the first on three hits, including Ryan Braun's RBI double. Scheppers settled down after that, retiring 16 of the final 18 batters he faced, striking out six and without walking a batter.

''He did a great job,'' Washington said. ''(Carlos) Gomez ambushed him with a fastball (leading off the game). Then he got Braun into a pretty good count and just hung a breaking ball. After that he put up five zeroes, (throwing) in and out, up and down, changing speeds.''

Yovani Gallardo, who earned his fifth opening day assignment for the Brewers, gave up four runs - three unearned thanks to two errors by Mark Reynolds and another by Lyle Overbay. Gallardo allowed eight hits, and struck out four in 5 1-3 innings.

Braun, who missed the previous two games with an illness, is hitting .458 in 11 games.

The Brewers committed five errors, which led to six unearned runs.

Leonys Martin went 3 for 4 for the Rangers with a double, scored a run and drove in a run.

STARTING TIME

Brewers: Gallardo threw 96 pitches in 5 1-3 innings.

''I felt good,'' Gallardo said. ''I think I made some pitches when I needed to. In the fourth, I got a little too quick, got away from my mechanics, just really rushing through it. It was groundballs getting through and things like that.''

Rangers: Scheppers threw 75 pitches, 52 for strikes.

''He showed me some stamina,'' Washington said. ''He definitely was consistent with his fastball and did a good job with his other stuff, too.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Brewers: Shortstop Jean Segura (sore right arm) was not in the lineup for the second straight day.

Rangers: Right-hander Yu Darvish (stiff neck) was scratched from a minor league start in which he was scheduled to 90-100 pitches. Darvish said he should be fine to start the March 31 opener. ... Shortstop Elvis Andrus (right forearm flexor tendinitis) will not play the field for another week after being evaluated Friday by team physician Keith Meister. The blueprint is to have Andrus on a throwing program for seven days before playing shortstop. Washington said Andrus will DH Saturday. ... Outfielder-first baseman Mitch Moreland (left oblique tightness) has not played since Monday. ... Choo (sore left elbow) has been limited do DH duties for seven games. He is throwing up to 150 feet.

OVERBAY SLIDES CONTINUES

Overbay is 0 for 24 since his last hit on March 4, dropping his average to .121, 4 for 33 with 14 strikeouts. Overbay went 0 for 3 with a strikeout and committed a fielding error in the loss to the Rangers.

FIRST-ROUND PICK CUT

The Brewers released right-hander Eric Arnett, their 2009 first-round pick who never advanced above Class A. Arnett had an 8-20 record with a 5.18 ERA in 96 minor league games. He was the 26th player selected in 2009, one pick after the Angels drafted Mike Trout.

RANGERS ROSTER MOVE

The Rangers optioned right-hander Roman Mendez to Double-A Frisco. Mendez had a 4.50 ERA in four relief appearances. He started last season 2-0 with a 1.82 ERA in 16 relief appearances with Frisco, but went on the disabled list May 30 with an elbow stress fracture that did not pitch again.

 
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Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Carlos Gomez, CF3110001 .297
   Logan Schafer, CF-LF1100110 .357
Scooter Gennett, 2B4110011 .217
Ryan Braun, RF3111010 .458
   Irving Falu, SS1010000 .346
Jonathan Lucroy, C3021000 .227
   Robert Wooten, P0000000 .000
   a-Garrett Cooper, PH-1B00011001.000
Khris Davis, LF3000012 .234
   Elian Herrera, 3B1001000 .257
Mark Reynolds, 3B3110001 .244
   Caleb Gindl, RF1000012 .217
Lyle Overbay, 1B3000011 .121
   b-Robinzon Diaz, PH1000002 .154
   Alfredo Figaro, P0000000 .000
Jeff Bianchi, SS3011010 .368
   Michael Reed, CF1000010 .000
Yovani Gallardo, P2010010 .500
   Martin Maldonado, C2000001 .128
Totals3559529  
a-walked for Wooten in the 8th
b-grounded out for Overbay in the 8th
Batting
2B - Carlos Gomez (8, Scheppers), Ryan Braun (3, Scheppers), Mark Reynolds (4, Feliz)
RBI - Ryan Braun (5), Jonathan Lucroy (4), Garrett Cooper (2), Elian Herrera (4), Jeff Bianchi (6)
2-OUT RBI - Jeff Bianchi (2)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Scooter Gennett (1, Misplayed grounder), Lyle Overbay (1, Misplayed grounder), Mark Reynolds 2 (2, Misplayed grounder), Robert Wooten (1, Missed catch of throw)
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Yovani Gallardo (L,0-1) 5.1841040 2.45
Robert Wooten 1.2120021 4.09
Alfredo Figaro 1110110 1.80
WP - Yovani Gallardo (2), Alfredo Figaro (3)
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yovani Gallardo 9-6, Robert Wooten 3-1, Alfredo Figaro 3-0
Batters Faced - Yovani Gallardo 27, Robert Wooten 7, Alfredo Figaro 6
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Shin-Soo Choo, DH5110012 .152
Josh Wilson, SS4110013 .268
   Adam Rosales, SS0000100 .143
Prince Fielder, 1B4222003 .292
   Ronald Guzman, 1B1001000 .429
Adrian Beltre, 3B4121021 .276
   Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B1000012 .357
Alex Rios, RF3110000 .355
   Jim Adduci, RF1000000 .368
Geovany Soto, C2001000 .333
   J.P. Arencibia, C1000000 .184
Jurickson Profar, 2B3000023 .235
   Chris Bostick, 2B1000000 .000
Michael Choice, LF3000004 .327
   Engel Beltre, LF1000000 .296
Leonys Martin, CF4131000 .229
Tanner Scheppers, P0000000 .000
   Neftali Feliz, P0000000 .000
   Ryan Feierabend, P0000000 .000
   Aaron Poreda, P0000000 .000
Totals38710617  
Batting
2B - Leonys Martin (1, Gallardo)
HR - Prince Fielder (3, Wooten)
SF - Geovany Soto (1)
RBI - Prince Fielder 2 (8), Ronald Guzman (5), Adrian Beltre (3), Geovany Soto (3), Leonys Martin (2)
2-OUT RBI - Prince Fielder 2 (2), Leonys Martin (2)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Wilson-Profar-Fielder
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tanner Scheppers (W,1-1) 6522060 3.07
Neftali Feliz (H,4) 1211000 4.50
Ryan Feierabend 0222200 10.00
Aaron Poreda (S,1) 2000030 2.45
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tanner Scheppers 7-4, Neftali Feliz 2-1, Aaron Poreda 2-1
Batters Faced - Tanner Scheppers 22, Neftali Feliz 5, Ryan Feierabend 4, Aaron Poreda 6
Game Information
Attendance - 7345
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Todd Tichenor, First Base - David Rackley, Second Base - Allen Bailey, Third Base - Chris Segal