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Ogando feels great after six-inning rehab start

Ogando feels great after six-inning rehab start

ARLINGTON -- Alexi Ogando gave up two unearned runs in six innings during a rehab start with Double-A Frisco on Friday night and said he's ready to return to the Rangers next week.

Ogando was efficient, throwing 42 of his 60 pitches for strikes while fanning four without issuing a walk. He held Tulsa scoreless through the first five innings before giving up a two-out home run to Kiel Roling in the sixth inning. Both runs were unearned as the previous batter, Delta Cleary Jr., lined a ball in and out of the glove of right fielder Chih-Hsien Chiang.

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"That's what I wanted to do, attack the zone. And that's what I did," Ogando said. "I felt great. I probably could have thrown more. I just threw nice and easy. Those were the results I wanted. I didn't have to throw too hard."

Ogando, who topped out at 95 mph, worked around leadoff doubles in the first and third inning, along with a leadoff single in the fifth. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list with biceps tendinitis May 16. In nine starts this season, Ogando has gone 4-2 with a 3.08 ERA.

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

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