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Rangers Get First Look at Winning Bullpen

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    NEWSLETTERS

    The bullpen lineup you saw on Monday afternoon during Opening Day was thankfully the last thing Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington would have wanted to see.

    Guys like Pedro Figueroa, Shawn Tolleson, ahem, Alexi Ogando (ouch), that's just yucky.

    Jason Frasor, Neal Cotts and Joakim Soria? Now, that's more like it.

    That's what Rangers fans saw on Tuesday night in a game that was tied into the bottom of the ninth inning before Adrian Beltre did what Adrian Beltre does, and sent the majority of people in the yard home happy.

    Frasor finished out the sixth inning when Martin Perez got into some trouble, getting the final out after Perez surrendered two runs to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead. He pitched a scoreless seventh and gave way to Cotts, who pitched a scoreless eighth. Then, new closer Joakim Soria got a win with a clean ninth inning.

    If you're keeping track, that's 3 1/3 innings of relief, one hit, one walk and no runs with four strikeouts.

    That's how it's done, and that's how it's supposed to look.