Feliz still Rangers' eighth-inning man

Feliz still Rangers' eighth-inning man

ARLINGTON -- Manager Ron Washington reaffirmed his faith in rookie right-hander Neftali Feliz on Wednesday and said he still plans to use him as his eighth-inning setup reliever.

Feliz struggled in his first outing on Opening Day. He entered the eighth inning with the game tied at 3 and couldn't get through the inning.

"He had a rough first time out but he'll get a chance to get back out there," Washington said.

Feliz struck out the first batter he faced but then walked Jose Bautista on four pitches. Aaron Hill followed with a double to left, moving Bautista to third, and Adam Lind was walked intentionally to load the bases.

Vernon Wells followed with a line-drive single to left that scored Bautista with the go-ahead run. Washington then replaced Feliz with Darren Oliver.

"They just worked Feliz and got on base," Washington said. "You can't walk people. That's what got him in trouble ... the walk, and four pitches at that."