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March 12, 2012

Wrapping up Texas Rangers 6-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners

Joe Nathan walked the first two batters he faced, gave up a three-run home run to Miguel Olivo and took the loss as the Texas Rangers fell 6-4 to the Seattle Mariners on Monday afternoon at Peoria Stadium.

Nathan said that all of his pitches were up in the zone, and he couldn't find a way to get them lower. He said his arm felt great, the best its felt in recent years, but simply command wasn't there.

Here are a few other notes from the game:

* Leonys Martin made his first Cactus League start, playing center field and batting ninth. He went 1 for 2 with a single off former Rangers prospect Blake Beavan.

* Matt Harrison had a decent start, allowing one run over three innings. He breezed through the first two innings, but then gave up a solo home run to Vinnie Catricala in the third ining. He stranded runners at second and third, though, getting an inning-ending groundout by Jesus Montero.

* Nelson Cruz had his first extra-base hit of the spring, sending a Blake Beavan fastball over the leftfield fence in the second inning. Cruz said he has been working on driving the ball in batting practice, and is feeling good early in spring training.

* There were a couple nice defensive plays made by the Rangers. David Murphy had a diving catch in the first inning on a liner hit by Brendan Ryan. In the second, Elvis Andrus made a nice play on a hard grounder hit by Jesus Montero.

* Yoshinori Tateyama and Mark Lowe had solid relief appearances, throwing scoreless innings.

-- Drew Davison

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