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February 28, 2009

Rangers 6, Diamondbacks 4 (F)

Travis Metcalf went 3-for-5, drove in the tiebreaking run in the eighth and scored later in the inning as the  Rangers snapped a two-game spring losing streak.

Other notables:

<>Brandon McCarthy pitched a scoreless first inning but allowed two runs in the second. He was pleased overall with his effort, but he needs to working on throwing his slider for a strike. McCarthy switched from a curveball to a slider take load off his elbow.

<>Neftali Feliz struck out four in two innings in his spring debut. The Diamondbacks managed three hits, a walk and run against the Rangers' top pitching prospect.

<>Andruw Jones was 0-for-2 with two strikeouts and a walk. He's 1-for-9 this spring with eight strikeouts, but manager Ron Washington said, "I just want him to relax and play his game. He's going to keep getting at-bats until a decision's made." Jones can opt out of is minor-league deal March 20.

-- Jeff Wilson

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