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Rangers recap: Hamels sharp, DeShields flies in finale over Royals

Cole Hamels was sharp in his final spring start before Opening Day

Rangers left-hander Cole Hamels held the Royals to one run on two hits with five strikeouts over five innings in spring finale in Surprise, Ariz. on Wednesday (Video by Stefan Stevenson/Star-Telegram).
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Rangers left-hander Cole Hamels held the Royals to one run on two hits with five strikeouts over five innings in spring finale in Surprise, Ariz. on Wednesday (Video by Stefan Stevenson/Star-Telegram).

The Texas Rangers finished the 2016 spring season (in Arizona) the way they started, by beating the defending World Series champion Kansas City Royals. The Rangers defeated the Royals 5-1 behind five strong innings from Opening Day starter Cole Hamels in his final spring start. Texas was 5-0 against Kansas City this spring. The Rangers host the Cleveland Indians in the final exhibition games Friday and Saturday at Globe Life Park.

Pitching: Hamels induced nine ground ball outs and struck out five with no walks in five quick innings, finishing with 61 pitches (43 strikes). Tom Wilhelmsen pitched a perfect sixth with two strikeouts while Keone Kela allowed a hit but struck out the side in the seventh.

Rangers manager Jeff Banister was pleased with Cole Hamels five innings Wednesday in the final game in Arizona. Hamels held the Royals to one run on two hits (Video by Stefan Stevenson/Star-Telegram).

Hitting: Delino DeShields tripled twice and scored two runs, including in the first inning to give Texas a 1-0 lead. James Jones had two hits, including a triple in the sixth that scored Ryan Cordell. Cordell’s single earlier in the inning scored DeShields after his second triple. Justin Ruggiano hit a solo homer to center field off Royals starter Ian Kennedy in the second inning. It’s his third homer of the spring.

Delino DeShields tripled twice Wednesday in the Rangers' 5-1 win against the Royals at Surprise Stadium (Video by Stefan Stevenson/Star-Telegram).

Delino DeShields says Rangers management has put a good team together and thinks it's better than a year ago (Video by Stefan Stevenson/Star-Telegram).

Notable: DeShields has four triples this spring ... Kennedy left before the fourth inning with a tight left hamstring.

Stefan Stevenson: 817-390-7760, @StevensonFWST

Rangers vs. Indians

7:05 p.m. Friday, Globe Life Park

RHP Colby Lewis vs. RHP Cody Anderson

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