Fielder stays hot; Rangers beat Padres 8-4

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PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Prince Fielder kept up his hot spring training start by lining an RBI single in a two-run first inning and then doubling in the Texas Rangers’ 8-4 victory over the San Diego Padres on Thursday.

Acquired from Detroit in an offseason trade, Fielder is batting .400 (6 for 15) in spring training. His sixth-inning double down the right-field line off Alex Torres started a six-run inning that included Jurickson Profar’s grand slam and ended on Fielder’s popout to second. Fielder also lined an RBI single off Ian Kennedy in a two-run first inning.

“We’re trying to make sure he doesn’t peak today or tomorrow,” Washington said, smiling. “I want him to peak when we get … out of here.”

“Right now he’s getting on some fastballs in some fastball counts and he’s not missing them,” Washington said.

Rangers starter Alexi Ogando allowed one run - unearned - and five hits in three innings. Kennedy settled down to retire nine straight in three innings.

STARTING TIME

Rangers: Ogando had an effective fastball and changeup and 35 of his 44 pitches were strikes.

It was a promising outing after a nightmare 2013 season that included three stints on the disabled list.

“I worked very hard during the offseason,” Ogando said through an interpreter. “I came in shape and I think I’m a lot healthier.”

Newly signed left-hander Joe Saunders is scheduled to pitch in a “B” game Friday against Kansas City.

Padres: Kennedy gave up three hits and two runs, the second coming on a balk when he stumbled on his delivery. He struck out two and threw 43 pitches in three innings.

HEADLEY’S HEADWAY

Padres third baseman Chase Headley participated in fielding drills for the first time since straining his right calf Feb. 22. Headley took grounders hit right at him. Next up: some running on grass Friday.

“We’re cranking up,” said Headley, who started hitting in the cage earlier this week. “We’re definitely close.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

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