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Red-hot Napoli, DeShields lead Rangers

Mike Napoli homered for the second straight game, and is 5-for-10 in his last four contests. (AP)
March 27, 2017

SURPRISE, AZ. -- Mike Napoli and Delino DeShields have been heating up, and they helped the Rangers to a 6-5 victory over the Rockies at Surprise Stadium on Monday.Napoli had a double and a home run and is 5-for-10 with two home runs in his last four games. DeShields was

SURPRISE, AZ. -- Mike Napoli and Delino DeShields have been heating up, and they helped the Rangers to a 6-5 victory over the Rockies at Surprise Stadium on Monday.
Napoli had a double and a home run and is 5-for-10 with two home runs in his last four games. DeShields was on base with two walks and a single, scored a run and stole his 12th base of the spring. He is hitting .302 with a .448 on-base percentage in the Cactus League.
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"Delino continues to have great at-bats, swinging the bat well and running the bases well," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "Nap came alive today. Robinson Chirinos … two doubles, we swung the bats well."
Rockies starter Kyle Freeland, their first-round Draft pick from 2014, continued his quest for a spot in the rotation, but allowed four runs on seven hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out five.
"It was one of those games where nothing came easy. I had to battle every single hitter," Freeland said. "I was around the zone with competitive pitches, but command wasn't really dialed in."
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Freeland also had a two-run single off Rangers starter Carl Webster, while Alexi Amarista hit his first home run of the spring.
Closer Sam Dyson made his first appearance for the Rangers since returning from the World Baseball Classic and pitched a scoreless sixth. Keone Kela did so in the seventh, getting helped by catcher Robinson Chirinos picking off Rosell Herrera at second base as part of a double play that ended the inning. 
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The Rangers picked up two late runs in the bottom of the eighth off newly acquired reliever Greg Holland, and the Rockies mounted a two-run rally in the ninth that fell short, as they left runners on first and second to end the game. 
Rockies Up Next: Righty Antonio Senzatela will look to lock down a rotation spot when he faces the Rangers at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick at 1:10 p.m. MT, in a game available on Gameday Audio.
Rangers Up Next: Right-hander A.J. Griffin pitches for the Rangers against the Rockies at 2:10 p.m. CT Tuesday in Scottsdale, in a game available on Gameday Audio. Griffin is on track to be the Rangers' fourth starter.
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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and** like his Facebook page**.