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Notes: Alexi Ogando will pitch in B game

3/10/2012

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers manager Ron Washington has opted to start pitcher Alexi Ogando in Sunday’s B game.

Ogando will pitch three innings. Washington made the decision so Ogando could be comfortable and get in his innings of work.

“We want to stretch him out,” Washington said. “With him backing up, that means two guys are going to have to go six innings. This way we can look at some other guys and Ogando can get his work back there.”

Ogando pitched two scoreless innings March 5 against the Kansas City Royals.

He gave up a hit and struck out two in his only spring training appearance. Ogando was working on getting his 94-to97 mph fastball inside.

Other notes:

*Scott Feldman is slated to pitch three innings after starter Colby Lewis. Washington said Feldman has the sink back that he had when he won 17 games as a starter in 2009.

Feldman had right knee microfacture surgery in 2010 and spent the first half of 2011 rehabbing. Washington noted that Feldman's cutter is back and he was getting that pitch inside on left-handers.

"The legs are part of being able to maintain your power,” Washington said. “Right now he’s healthy, and we hope we can keep him like that.”

*With most of the regulars out of the lineup Saturday, Mitch Moreland is in the cleanup spot against the White Sox. He was at the bottom of the lineup when the regulars play and wasn’t getting enough at-bats, Washington said. He plans to move him up again Sunday so he can see more pitches.

*Jurickson Profar will travel with the team to Glendale, Ariz., and will play either three or four innings. The shortstop is ranked as the seventh best prospect on Baseball America’s Top 100. Washington has seen Profar before. Although he recognizes Profar is young, 19, Washington said he’s a player.

*Conor Jackson still has time to make an impression on the Rangers. The non-roster invitee will not play today because he was hit by a fly ball right above the eye Friday. As long as he doesn’t have concussion-like symptoms, Washington does not think this will set Jackson back.