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Rangers recap: Tepesch struggles, but Tolleson looks good in spring debut

Rangers Ian Desmond discusses first game at center field

Rangers outfielder Ian Desmond started his first game in center field Thursday night. He made an error after overrunning a ball but later made a running catch in the left-center gap (Video by Stefan Stevenson/Star-Telegram).
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Rangers outfielder Ian Desmond started his first game in center field Thursday night. He made an error after overrunning a ball but later made a running catch in the left-center gap (Video by Stefan Stevenson/Star-Telegram).

Ian Desmond made his debut in the center field and closer Shawn Tolleson made his first appearance in a game this spring as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Texas Rangers 5-2 Thursday night at Surprise Stadium.

Pitching: Starter Nick Tepesch struggled in 2 1/3 innings against the Brewers, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits and two walks. All five runs came in the third inning as the first five batters reached, including a lead-off homer by Scooter Gennett. The bullpen combined to hold the Brewers scoreless on four hits the final 6 2/3 innings, including Chad Bell’s 2 2/3 and Andrew Faulkner’s two innings. Shawn Tolleson allowed one hit in an inning, his first outing of the spring, and Tony Barnette struck out two in a perfect ninth.

Rangers closer Shawn Tolleson allowed one hit in one inning of work Thursday night against the Brewers, his first appearance this spring (Video by Stefan Stevenson/Star-Telegram).

Hitting: Texas was held to a spring-low four hits. Both runs scored on Alex Burg’s double to right in the sixth inning. Joey Gallo replaced Adrian Beltre at third and went 1 for 1 with a single and hit-by-pitch. James Jones led off the first with a single but was quickly thrown out trying to steal second.

Notable: Ian Desmond, playing center field for the first time, overran a ball in the gap for an error in the third inning ... In the sixth, Desmond made a long, running catch in the left-center gap ... Ryan Cordell injured his right ankle trying to beat out an infield hit in the seventh inning, aggravating a previous injury.

Stefan Stevenson: 817-390-7760, @StevensonFWST

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