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March 24, 2012

Wrapping up Rangers' 3-2 loss to Angels

The Texas Rangers have won one home game at Surprise Stadium this spring, falling yet again on Saturday. The Los Angeles Angels held on for a 3-2 victory over the Rangers, who are now 6-15-1 in the Cactus League.

Spring training records don't matter, of course. And the Rangers are hopeful that the stats don't, either.

Closer Joe Nathan had another rough outing, allowing two runs on three hits over an inning.

"He's my closer," manager Ron Washington said. "Get it out of your system. ... He got the ball a little up today."

Nathan has a 14.40 ERA so far this spring, losing three games.

Here are a few other notes from the game:

* Starter Greg Reynolds continued his strong spring, allowing one run on two hits over five innings. He had no walks and four strikeouts. "He's keeping the ball down," Washington said. "He throws inside, changes speed."

* Reliever Koji Uehara also had a nice outing, throwing a scoreless inning with one strikeout. Uehara used his split-fingered fastball effectively, and took a step in the right direction in what has been a troublesome spring up to this point.

* Brad Hawpe belted his first official home run of the spring, as he had one washed away during a rainout.

* Surprise Stadium was sold out on Saturday. It's the second sellout of the spring.

-- Drew Davison

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15 times, "we are just working on stuff". 6 times, "yeah baby! AL champs are at it again." working on stuff. give me a break

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