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March 26, 2012

Ian Kinsler, Scott Feldman lead Rangers past Reds

Ian Kinsler homered and doubled, and the Rangers tagged left-hander Jeff Francis for 10 runs in three-plus innings as beat Cincinnati 12-2 for their first win this spring at Surprise Stadium as the home team.

Nelson Cruz and Mitch Moreland each had three RBIs, and Josh Hamilton drove in two with a double as the final hitter Francis faced. The Rangers expect their offense to pick up the rest of spring as the lineup regulars begin to play more innings.

"We've got to get serious right now," said shortstop Elvis Andrus, who was 1 for 3. "We have a few games left, and you want to get that mental approach. These games are important."

Scott Feldman allowed three hits and struck out nine in six scoreless innings in what could be his final start of the spring before heading to the bullpen. The Reds' lineup was missing most of its regulars, including 2010 NL MVP Joey Votto.

Feldman (1-2) said that special assistant Greg Maddux, the winner of 355 games, told him not to try to strike guys out, but it happened anyway.

"That's a lot of strikeouts for me," Feldman said. "I was talking to Greg Maddux, and he said just try to get groundballs. He said strikeouts kind of happen by accident."

The Rangers had been 1-10 in Surprise with the only victory against Kansas City as the road team. They improved their overall record to 7-16-1.

Brandon Snyder saw his first action of the spring in left field, and made a diving grab in the eighth inning. With the Rangers seeking a right-handed-hitting outfielder, Snyder will get a look even though first and third base are his best positions. He was drafted as a catcher.

"I thought he ran one heck of a zigzag pattern, but he made the catch," manager Ron Washington said. "I don't think an offensive coordinator could have drawn it up better."

-- Jeff Wilson


 

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