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February 24, 2011

Afternoon update: Rangers 3, Rangers 1

Chad Tracy homered and doubled, and C.J. Wilson pitched a 1-2-3 inning against what could be the top of the Rangers' lineup to lead the home team to a 3-1 victory in the first of two intrasquad games before Cactus League action starts Sunday.

Wilson got Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus to pop up, and Josh Hamilton to ground out. Wilson pitched despite feeling the effects of a cold. "He's not going to give up an opportunity to compete," pitching coach Mike Maddux said. "That's not his nature."

Tracy doubled and scored against Mark Lowe, and later swatted the second pitch from Yoshinori Tateyama into the netting above the left-field wall. The homer was the offensive highlight of the day, and Elvis Andrus provided the top defensive play with a diving stop up the middle and flip with his glove to start an inning-ending double play.

Maddux said every pitcher did something to impress him during the intrasquad game. Tanner Scheppers allowed consecutive singles to start the second inning, allowed a run and had a throwing error, but got a double play to get out of the inning. "When he's down in the zone, he's a good as anybody," Maddux said.

The Rangers will play again Friday afternoon. Colby Lewis, Darren Oliver, Neftali Feliz, Derek Holland and Michael Kirkman will pitch for the home team, and Tommy Hunter, Arthur Rhodes, Alexi Ogando, Darren O'Day and Matt Harrison will pitch for the road team.

Other tidbits: The Rangers will receive their AL championship rings in a pregame ceremony April 2. ... Ron Washington, Josh Hamilton, Neftali Feliz and the 2010 Rangers have been inducted into the Surprice Recreation Campus Hall of Fame.

-- Jeff Wilson


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