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Millwood throws four innings; Rupe leaves camp

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Kevin Millwood faced opposing hitters for
the first time Monday, allowing one run in four innings for the
Texas Rangers in a "B'' game against Seattle on a back practice
field.

Right-hander Josh Rupe, however, was sent back to Arlington on Monday after feeling soreness in his
pitching elbow.

Millwood threw 58 pitches, 39 for strikes, in a 6-4 Rangers
victory. He allowed three hits and struck out four facing mostly
minor league and nonroster players. He previous pitched in two
simulated games.

"Facing batters who are swinging the bat gave me a chance to
see whether I'm being deceptive with my pitches,'' Millwood said.
"I thought I was with my changeup. My fastball felt good, too.

"The best thing was having an umpire behind the plate for the
first time. It gave me a better read about what I'm doing instead
of having coaches tell me my pitches look good.''

Millwood, the AL ERA champion last season with Cleveland, signed
a $60 million, five-year deal with Texas in December. He will start
on Opening Day April 3 against Boston.

Seattle left-hander Jamie Moyer gave up five runs (four earned)
on seven hits in four innings against a Rangers' lineup filled with
regulars.

Phil Nevin continued his hot spring hitting for the Rangers,
going 1-for-2 with a home run. Ian Kinsler went 2-for-2 with a
stolen base.

Cody Ransom led the Mariners, going 3-for-4 with a double.
Wladimir Balentien was 2-for-2 with a solo home run and two RBI.

Rupe pitched 3 1/3 innings Sunday against Seattle. He is expected to have an MRI exam on Tuesday.

"His velocity was down yesterday, but he didn't tell us
anything was wrong until this morning, when he reported elbow
soreness,'' manager Buck Showalter said. "Don't count Josh out
yet. Hopefully, in a few days he'll be back with the club and this
will all be over.''

Rupe is trying to become the No. 5 starter in a rotation with
Kevin Millwood, Adam Eaton, Vicente Padilla and Kameron Loe. Rupe
is 0-0 with a 4.32 ERA in three spring training starts after going
1-0 with a 2/79 ERA in four games with the Rangers at the end of
last season.