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March 22, 2012

Rangers Scott Feldman would like to start, but will embrace likely bullpen role

Scott Feldman shrugged his shoulders. He knows his role with the Texas Rangers this season is most likely as the long man in the bullpen and the spot starter, but he made it clear that starting is his preference.

It's worth noting that Feldman has the most wins in a season (17 in 2009) as anyone on the Rangers' pitching staff.

"I want to start, but what can I do?" Feldman said. "I'm trying to keep a good attitude. The only thing I can control is going out there and giving my best effort.

"No one has told me what role I have. I don't know. I just show up and try to get guys out, trying to make an impression on those guys."

Feldman did that against the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night, allowing two runs on eight hits with one walk and three strikeouts over 4 1/3 innings. Feldman battled all night, as he didn't have his best stuff.

The Reds scored both runs off Feldman in the first with three consecutive doubles by Zack Cozart, Jay Bruce and Scott Rolen. Feldman eventually settled down, and had a 1-2-3 third inning.

"It was a weird night," Feldman said. "They came out swinging in the first inning, and just one of those nights. It was a battle the whole way."

Feldman will pitch next on four days' rest, throwing Monday against Reds.

-- Drew Davison

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