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April 03, 2013

Alexi Ogando has nine strikeouts in five innings for Rangers

Nobody's perfect, at least not in this series, but Texas Rangers right-hander Alexi Ogando has nine strikeouts in five innings Wednesday afternoon of a scoreless battle with the Astros in the rubber game of a season-opening series in Houston.

Ogando has given up two hits, and at one point prompted a visit to the mound from manager Ron Washington, who provided a tap to the pitcher's chest. Ogando, working a new changeup, is making his return to the Rangers' rotation after being in the bullpen last year.

The Rangers had only three hits and a walk on a guy who was perfect in one game last year, new Astros starter Philip Humber. The native Texan pitched the 21st perfect game in major league history last year for the Chicago White Sox. 

On Tuesday night, Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish came within one out of a perfecto against the Astros. Darvish had nine strikeouts in his first four innings. 

-- Vince Langford

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