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San Francisco 2, Texas 1

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Noah Lowry outdueled fellow second-year
pitcher Chris Young, leading the San Francisco Giants over the
Texas Rangers 2-1 Monday.

J.T. Snow, who went 3-for-3, hit his first homer of spring in
the first inning and singled with two outs in the sixth to start
the rally that made it 2-1. He was removed for pinch-runner Lance
Niekro in the inning.

Niekro took second on a wild pitch by Young and came home on
Pedro Feliz's second double of the game.

Lowry scattered six hits and walked one while striking out four
in six innings.

"He sure is an impressive young man," Giants manager Felipe
Alou said. "He's got the whole package."

As a rookie in 2004, Lowry went 6-0 in 20 outings -- 14 starts.

"He'll be our No. 4 starter -- as of now," Alou said. "He can
do it all."

Gary Matthews Jr. tied it for the Rangers in the fourth on his
first spring homer.

Young, who is in a fight for the No. 5 spot in the Rangers'
rotation, gave up two earned runs on six hits while walking one and
throwing a wild pitch.

"He did a good job today," Rangers manager Buck Showalter
said. "He didn't do anything to hurt his chances of making the
rotation, but he still has one more start before the end of spring
training."

As a rookie, the 6-foot-10 right-hander went 3-2 with the
Rangers after being called up on Aug. 23. He won his first major
league game Sept. 4 against Boston at Fenway Park.

"There's still room for improvement, but I'm pretty confident
about where I am now," Young said. "I can't worry about external
forces. All I can do is keep pitching the way I need to."

Rangers closer Francisco Cordero pitched in his second spring
game and allowed one hit and struck out two in one inning.

Alfonso Soriano had two singles for the Rangers to extend his
hitting streak to 10 games.

Game notes
Rangers RHP John Wasdin was reassigned to the minor league
camp Monday. Wasdin had an 8.31 ERA in four appearances. He missed
a week with the flu midway through camp. Wasdin was 2-4 with a 6.78
ERA in 15 games -- 10 starts -- for the Rangers last season. The
Rangers now have 40 players in their major league camp. ... Giants
3B Feliz, who had two doubles, has hit safely in 18 of 20 spring
games. ... The Giants 9-3-1 at Scottsdale Stadium, their most home
wins since 1997.