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Adams finding the strike zone

Adams finding the strike zone

Adams finding the strike zone
ARLINGTON -- Rangers setup man Mike Adams has lived in the strike zone this season, throwing 76 percent strikes. He threw all 11 of his pitches for strikes in Tuesday's 1-0 win over the Mariners.

It's a trend Adams started during a spring game in Las Vegas in mid-March, manager Ron Washington said, and it hasn't stopped.

"It's crazy," Washington said. "He's hitting gnats out there. He's been crazy with his command."

Adams also has been a workhorse to start the season, pitching in four of the first five games. He was not available out of the bullpen for Wednesday's game, Washington said.

Reliever Alexi Ogando was available out of the bullpen for Wednesday's game after manager Ron Washington followed through on his plan to avoid his standout right-hander in Tuesday's 1-0 win over Seattle.

Ogando is off to a strong start, retiring 10 of the 11 batters he's faced in his return to the bullpen after making 29 starts last season (Ogando did pitch as a reliever in the 2011 postseason).

Washington had Koji Uehara warming up in the seventh inning Tuesday, but he wasn't needed as Neftali Feliz went seven innings in his first Major League start. Washington said the Ueharas of the world have to be ready to go if Ogando or Mike Adams aren't available.

"Everyone has to earn their keep out there," Washington said.

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