Right-hander Alexi Ogando made his strongest statement of the spring on Sunday that he belongs in the Texas Rangers’ rotation. Ogando, a reliever last season, shut out Cincinnati on three hits for six innings during a 7-2 win. Ogando, who entered play with a 4.11 ERA for 15 1/3 innings, admitted the outing brought relief to him. “You work day in and day out to have your best result,” said Ogando, speaking through an interpreter. “It was really great to have this outing before the season starts.” For the first time, Ogando had good command of his two best pitches: the fastball and the slider. He allowed only one walk and had five strikeouts, four on swings. Before this, Ogando had 11 walks with 13 strikeouts. Ogando also got the Reds hitters, mostly reserves, to chase a few changeups out of the strike zone. “That’s what I’d like to see him do,” manager Ron Washington said. “I knew it was in the motions. He’s been getting better.” Washington has not set Ogando’s first start of the season. Based on how the Rangers are using Ogando, he is in line to start at Houston on April 3.
Alexi Ogando makes strong case for spot in Texas Rangers’ rotation with best start of spring
Dallas Morning News | Mar 25