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April 25, 2012

Rangers to skip Neftali Feliz for rest

Neftali Feliz understands it's a long season, and has no problems with the Texas Rangers skipping his latest start. Manager Ron Washington announced that decision Wednesday afternoon, saying the team preferred to skip Feliz now rather than later in the season as they did with Alexi Ogando.

"Nothing is wrong with Feliz," Washington said.

Feliz will be available out of the bullpen the next three games.

With Feliz's start skipped, the Rangers go into this weekend's series against Tampa Bay with Matt Harrison, Colby Lewis and Derek Holland scheduled to start. Yu Darvish will start on Monday in Toronto followed by Feliz and Harrison.

Here are other notes from Wednesday: 

* The Rangers' pitchers took pitchers' fielding practice instead of conditioning exercises. Manager Ron Washington said it had nothing to do with the Rangers misplaying a bunt by the New York Yankees in the third inning on Tuesday. Joe Nathan and Mark Lowe both understand the importance of fielding in relief, especially when teams are more likely to bunt a runner over late in games.

* Elvis Andrus has gone 50 games without an error. That's the longest streak in franchise history for a shortstop. Andrus said the game has been slowing down for him, and he has been picking up balls off the bat well.

* Last night's game drew a 10.0 rating on Fox Sports Southwest, the second highest all-time for a Rangers telecast.

-- Drew Davison

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