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Rangers go deep 4 times to beat Red Devils 12-1

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 28, 2013 at 10:51 pm •  Published: March 28, 2013
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Ian Kinsler, David Murphy, Nelson Cruz and Mitch Moreland each homered for the Rangers, who got at least one hit or a run scored out of all their starters. By the sixth inning and with an 11-0 lead, all the Texas starters had left the game.

"It was a fun game," said catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who went 1-for-2 with a run scored. "We swung the bats, got some hits, hit some homers — it was just fun to be out there, fun to be in front of the home crowd for the first time and hopefully it got people excited about Rangers baseball."

Former major leaguer Ben Broussard, who spent 2008 with the Rangers, drilled a home run to right field off Texas reliever Joe Ortiz in the seventh inning for Mexico City's only run.

The Rangers close their spring training schedule with a two-game series against San Diego at the Alamodome in San Antonio on Friday and Saturday before Sunday's season opener in Houston.

NOTES: The Rangers announced that Ortiz and RHP Tanner Scheppers had secured roster spots in the bullpen. Ortiz, a 22-year-old LHP who split last season between Texas affiliates Frisco (Double-A) and Round Rock (Triple-A), enjoyed an outstanding spring, allowing just nine hits and two runs in 13 innings. Scheppers, 26, spent most of 2012 with Texas, making 39 appearances and recording a 4.45 ERA in 32.1 innings pitched. ... Texas has one more roster spot open, which comes down to a decision between OF Julio Borbon, who hit .304 at Round Rock last season, and a reliever, either RHP Josh Lindblom or RHP Cory Burns.