Texas Rangers: Neftlai Feliz

Reax: Mark Lowe has clean inning

March, 26, 2011
3/26/11
6:30
PM CT
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- It was the final home game of the season and one that drew over 10,000 to Surprise Recreation Campus. The Rangers actually set a club spring training record with 103,507 fans this spring. Some thoughts on the game:

* RHP Mark Lowe pleased manager Ron Washington with how he changed speeds, threw inside to hitters and got outs. "It was good he had an inning with zeroes in it," Washington said. Lowe has been working on a curve ball so that he can use a pitch that is considerably slower than the power stuff he's been throwing (fastball at 97 mph, slider at 85, change at 88). Kevin Cash, who caught Lowe on Friday, said he likes the pitch and that it got some swings and misses from hitters. "He just needs to keep throwing it," Cash said. "It's going to help him in the long run."

Lowe had one strikeout and didn't allow a hit to the three batters he faced.

* RHP Brett Tomko, in the running for a middle relief spot, went five innings and allowed three earned runs on four hits with three walks and three strikeouts. "He kept us in the ballgame, we just couldn't score any runs," Washington said. We'll see how it all shakes out, but Tomko certainly has an opportunity at that job. This from a guy who came into camp on a minor-league deal just hoping he could show the team something.

* 1B Mitch Moreland had a homer, his fourth of the spring, in the first as the Rangers scored five runs off Andrew Cashner (TCU product). But after that first inning, Texas never scored again.

* RHP Neftali Feliz had his fastball in the upper 90s and gave up just one hit in his lone inning of work. He certainly looks ready to go.

* DH Mike Napoli was 2-for-4 in the game. He's hitting .326 this spring.

* The Rangers gave regulars Michael Young, Ian Kinsler, Adrian Beltre, Elvis Andrus and Josh Hamilton the day off.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Adrian Beltre
BA HR RBI R
.324 19 77 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
WC. Lewis 10
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182