SURPRISE, AZ (AP) – AL Rookie of the Year Neftali Feliz pitched two scoreless innings in his bid to become part of the Texas rotation, and a Rangers split squad beat the Cleveland Indians 11-9 Thursday.
Feliz, who posted 40 saves last season for the AL champions, is getting a chance to start this year. He allowed two hits, walked one, hit a batter and threw 19 of his 36 pitches for strikes.
Feliz is among several pitchers in the mix for the last three spots in the Texas rotation.
Chris Davis won it with a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth. Ian Kinsler hit a leadoff shot, his third home run for Texas this spring.
Matt LaPorta had a pinch-hit grand slam for the Indians.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)