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Rangers Spring Training 2012 Concludes, Regular Season Looms

Spring Training is now officially over for the Texas Rangers. Ron Washington's club ended their spring with a 6-1 win over Texas' AA affiliate, the Frisco RoughRiders.

Yu Darvish made the start for Texas, pitching four scoreless innings, allowing two hits, walking two and striking out five.

Darvish has been the talk of camp, and rightfully so. Expectations surrounding Darvish are extremely high, and he flashed his potential brilliance throughout the spring. In four Cactus League stats, Darvish pitched 15 innings, giving up six runs on 12 hits, while walking eight and striking out 21 -- including 11 in his last Cactus League game against the Colorado Rockies.

Neftali Feliz will also join the Rangers rotation, though he had a somewhat shaky spring, dealing with bouts of shoulder stiffness. Feliz did pitch in a minor league game, but his Cactus League totals left a lot to be desired. In 13 innings, Feliz gave up 14 hits while walking five and only striking out 11.

Remember, though, that Spring Training stats are essentially meaningless. You'd like to see Feliz have great numbers, but, it's not the end of the world that he struggled.

The Rangers will begin defending their back-to-back American League pennants on Friday, when they play host to the Chicago White Sox.

For more on the Rangers, be sure to check out Lone Star Ball.

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