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Feliz takes struggling Francisco's role

Updated: April 12, 2010, 1:35 PM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Neftali Feliz, the Texas Rangers' hard-throwing youngster, is taking over as the club's closer, replacing the struggling Frank Francisco.

Manager Ron Washington made it official Sunday morning before the Rangers bounced back from Francisco's second blown save with a 9-2 win in the rubber match against the Seattle Mariners.

Washington said Francisco isn't the "animal" he's used to seeing on the mound.

"He's not the guy we've seen come in and make people ...

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