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March 17, 2007 at 2:19 PM

Rangers 2, Mariners 1, bottom of 5th

Scratch that scoreless innings streak for Horacio Ramirez, who did work through a spring-high five innings. But it was in that fifth and final frame that a tiring Ramirez allowed a pair of runs on two hits, a walk and a very long sacrifice fly by Ian Kinsler that was hauled in by leaping left fielder Mike Morse at the wall. Ramirez began the inning by issuing a leadoff single to right by Brad Wilkerson, then walked Gerald Laird on a 3-2 pitch. Both runners were bunted ahead one base by Ramon Vazquez before Laird ended Ramirez’s scoreless innings streak at 11 with the sacrifice fly.
An ensuing single to right by Jerry Hairston Jr. brought the go-ahead marker home before Marlon Byrd flied out to end Ramirez’s day.
His final line: 5 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 2 K, 1 BB, 1 WP, 1 HBP
RANGERS 4, MARINERS 1, BOTTOM OF 6TH
Spring games change quickly and the Rangers have moved comfortably ahead in this one after a two-run homer by Brad Wilkerson in the top of the sixth. Mariners pitcher Eric O’Flaherty appeared headed for a trouble-free inning, despite a leadoff walk issued to Victor Diaz. O’Flaherty got two quick outs after that, but ran the count full on Wilkerson before the next pitch was driven over the fence in right center.
Adrian Beltre just led off the bottom of the inning with a double down the right field line. He was removed for a pinch-runner, Tony Torcato, and finished the day 1-for-3 hitting out of the No. 3 spot.
Still no word on the Putz MRI since team medical director Dr. Edward Khalfayan had to conduct a surgical procedure in Seattle today and hasn’t had time to review the images yet. At least he has received the images. That much the team is certain about. We’ll keep you posted. Hopefully the surgery, whoever is having it, goes well. Some things are more important than ballgames and pitchers.

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