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February 28, 2011

Rangers 12, Royals 11

Ian Kinsler and Mike Napoli homered in a five-run fourth inning, and prospects Engel Beltre and Jurickson Profar drove in runs in a three-run seventh that lifted the Rangers to a 12-11 victory at Surprise Stadium.

The Rangers were down 3-1 when Napoli hit a two-run homer to center field, and Kinsler followed with a three-run shot that hugged the left-field line. The Rangers, though, fell behind 10-9 in the seventh as Royals prospect Mike Moustakas hit a three-run homer.

But the Rangers loaded the bases with no outs in their half of the seventh. Kevin Cash tied the game with a sacrifice fly, Beltre brought in the winning run on a groundout, and Profar doubled to the wall in left field to deliver an insurance run.

"That little kid can play, man," Washington said of Profar, who turned 18 on Feb. 20. "He loves to play baseball."

Michael Young can play, too, and he was at first base for the first time in his career. He had no problem with the only grounder hit to him, and he also doubled and tripled.

Colby Lewis threw two scoreless innings in his first start of the spring. He had three three-ball counts in the first but delivered a 1-2-3 second to complete his work in 33 pitches.

-- Jeff Wilson


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