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March 29, 2011

Rangers 6, Coastal Carolina 2

Alexi Ogando allowed one run in six innings, and Josh Hamilton and Michael Young had RBI singles as the Rangers won an exhibition game against Coastal Carolina University at BB&T Coastal Field in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The Rangers didn't have their first base runner until the fourth, when Ian Kinsler was grazed in the arm to start the inning. Hamilton provided the first hit, a one-out single to center that scored Kinsler. Michael Young followed two batters later with another run-scoring hit to center.

Ogando, who before the game was told he will be the Rangers' No. 5 starter to open the season, allowed three hits with four walks and five strikeouts. He said he had trouble getting fired up to face a college team, but eventually realized he had work to do.

"I felt good physically," said Ogando, who threw 81 pitches but never tried out the split-fingered pitch he is trying to add to his arsenal. "I had to overcome that I was playing a college team. Once I got going, I realized I just needed to go out there and pitch like I always do."

Kinsler said he enjoyed facing the Chanticleers, who hosted an NCAA Super Regional last year.

"You just remember being at that level and what you thought of the big leagues at the time," Kinsler said. "For them to have an opportunity to play against us, it was cool to be a part of it."

Coastal Carolina scored its final run in the ninth against All-Star closer Neftali Feliz, who needed 27 pitches to complete the inning. The Rangers settled the rest of their bullpen before the game, telling Mason Tobin, Mark Lowe and Pedro Strop that they had made the team.

Brett Tomko was reassigned to Triple A Round Rock and will be a starter there. Chris Davis, Taylor Teagarden and Craig Gentry were optioned to Round Rock before the game, leaving the Rangers with the 25 players they will have for Friday's season opener.

-- Jeff Wilson


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I thought Davis did enough to make the ballclub. Just goes to show you spring training doesn't mean much. They already had their minds made up.

true, but they never told Davis he was in a legit competition for a roster spot. his job was to make it a difficult choice, and to me he certainly did.

but, after so many issues during his stints at the big league level, I can understand why it's difficult when we have a logjam at his position(s) to create space for him as a part-timer.

it's a nice problem to have, even though it sucks for CD, he's the one who didn't make the most of his earlier chances and now it's other people's turn to make theirs. however, I like him a lot and am sure he will get his chance this year be it due to usual injuries/etc or just someone else struggling.

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