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Martin impressing Rangers in spring


PHOENIX -- Leonys Martin has not yet won the job as the Rangers center fielder. He hasn't even made the team yet. But he is certainly doing everything the Rangers wanted to see this spring.

Martin was 1-for-1 with a walk and an RBI single against the Brewers on Friday. He also threw out Jean Segura trying to stretch a single into a double in the first inning. Martin is now hitting .417 in the Cactus League.

"He is having fun and enjoying himself," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "Now we can get a look at his abilities."

The Rangers really wanted to see Martin play good defense this spring. Martin has been spending a lot of time with outfield coach Gary Pettis, and Washington said it's paying off.

"He looks comfortable out there," Washington said. "He really does. He's playing a good center field, he's making good reads and throwing to the cutoff man. I haven't seen him miss one yet. He's still going to make mistakes, but what he's doing now is playing under control."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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