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Rangers Vs. Twins: Neftali Feliz Done After Five, Texas Trails 3-1

Neftali Feliz looked strong early in his second career start, retiring the first seven hitters he faced, with only a bleeder past Mike Napoli breaking up the perfect game.

A single to start the fifth was the first legitimate hit off of him, and unfortunately the second was a blast of a home run from Clete Thomas off a change-up to give the Twins a 2-1 lead.

The sixth began with a triple just over the head of Nelson Cruz following a bad route, and after an RBI single and a walk, he was done for the day. His second start had five innings pitched, five hits, three earned runs, three strikeouts, and two walks. Considering he began the day in the rain and did not allow a lot of great contact, it was probably a better start than the line indicates, but it's still a shame he couldn't go deeper.

Robbie Ross relieved Feliz to salvage the inning with runners on first and second, and impressively struck out Justin Morneau and Josh Willingham before inducing a harmless pop fly from Chris Parmelee, keeping the game at 3-1 with an impressive relief appearance.

The Rangers have had seven hits, but the only run has come on a mammoth Mike Napoli home run that will have people checking ESPN's Hit Tracker tomorrow.


Source: FanGraphs

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.