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April 03, 2012

Wrapping up Rangers 13-4 victory over Mexico City Red Devils, as Nelson Cruz and Mike Adams suffer minor injuries

Nelson Cruz left with a bruise just above his left elbow after being hit by a pitch, and Mike Adams exited with a bruised left calf after being hit with a one-hopper back to the mound.

Those were the two concerns following the Texas Rangers' 13-4 victory over the Mexico City Red Devils in an exhibition game on Tuesday night at Rangers Ballpark.

Cruz was hit by a pitch in the third inning, and was taken out of the game. X-rays were negative, and he is listed day to day. Manager Ron Washington said Cruz would not play in Wednesday's exhibition against Double A Frisco, but should be ready to go on Friday.

Adams came in relief in the eighth inning, and recorded one out before being hit in the left calf with a comebacker. He is listed day to day, and is expected to be ready for Friday.

Other notes from Tuesday:

* Ian Kinsler said he would like to stay with the Rangers, and would like to see a contract extension come to fruition by Opening Day. He will not negotiate a contract during the season.

* Josh Hamilton said there is no set plan on how many times a week he will start in center field. He said the team will make determinations throughout the season on what is best for the team and Hamilton. Hamilton said his left groin feels fine, and that he is over what turned out to be a two-day migraine issue.

* Matt Harrison allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits with no walks and five strikeouts over four innings, his final start before the regular season begins. Harrison had one of the best springs of any pitcher, and said he has been able to command his pitches on a more consistent basis.

* Michael Young hit what appeared to be a home run to left-center field in the first inning, but the umpires said it didn't leave the field of play. Young said he knows it did, but wasn't going to make a big deal about it during an exhibition game. "I know this field like the back of my hand," Young said. "It cleared. It hit the cement and came back in."

-- Drew Davison


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