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Oakland 15, Texas 9

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Once Rich Harden stopped tipping his
pitches, his outing went much more smoothly.

Harden gave up five runs in the first inning, then allowed just
two over the next three to help the Oakland Athletics beat the
Texas Rangers 15-9 Tuesday.

"One of the coaches told me I was tipping my pitches and that
he could read every pitch in the first inning," Harden said. "I
made some mechanical adjustments and calmed down to the point where
I felt pretty good when I came out after the fourth. It's little
things like that you have to figure out, and I'd rather do it
here."

Harden is the A's likely No. 2 starter behind Barry Zito, now
that Tim Hudson and Mark Mulder are no longer with the club.

"I was frustrated early, but I made some good pitches and that
helped ease the pain a little," Harden said. "It gave me
something to build on."

Nick Regilio didn't fare much better as a replacement for
scheduled Rangers starter Kenny Rogers, who was held out with the
flu.

The A's rallied from a 6-0 deficit by sending 10 batters to the
plate in the third inning. Eric Byrnes had a run-scoring triple,
Bobby Kielty and Adam Melhuse each had RBI singles and Dan Johnson
had a two-run double. Keith Ginter gave Oakland a 7-6 lead with a
two-run homer.

Rogers, an All-Star in 2004 with an 18-9 record, has appeared in
only two games this spring and is 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA. The
40-year-old left-hander still hopes he's in the running to pitch on
opening day.

Rangers manager Buck Showalter will wait another week before
announcing his starter.

"Kenny has had a rough spring, but the whole team has,"
Showalter said. "We have 13 players with the flu. Everybody knows
it's time to put things together for the regular season."

Texas batted around in the first inning to jump out to a 5-0
lead. Harden threw two wild pitches in the inning.

Adrian Gonzalez's two-run double and Gary Matthews Jr.'s
run-scoring triple highlighted the inning. Michael Young added an
RBI triple to make it 6-0 in the second.

Game notes
Rangers first baseman Mark Teixeira left the game before
the start of the second inning after being hit above his right
elbow by Harden's pitch in the first. Teixeira was diagnosed with a
bruise and worked out after icing the injury. There were no plans
for X-rays. ... Texas closer Francisco Cordero is scheduled to
pitch in his first "A" game of the spring Thursday against Kansas
City. The right-hander has been slowed by a sore shoulder. ... The
A's returned Rule 5 draft selection Tyler Johnson to the St. Louis
Cardinals. The LHP appeared in four games this spring, posting a
10.80 ERA in 3 1-3 innings. Oakland has 37 players in camp. ... The
Rangers and A's will complete their home-and-home series Wednesday
with a night game at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Texas RHP Chris
Young will face RHP Dan Haren.