Francisco retires all three batters

Updated: June 18, 2009, 10:08 PM ET
Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas closer Frank Francisco threw seven of nine pitches for strikes while retiring all three batters he faced in a rehab appearance Thursday night.

Francisco started for Double-A Frisco against Corpus Christi, getting two flyouts and a grounder.

Right-hander Dustin Nippert, on the 60-day DL because of a back muscle strain, pitched two scoreless innings after Francisco. Nippert struck out one and walked one while throwing 15 of 25 pitches for strikes.

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