Found March 14, 2012 on Fox Sports Southwest:
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- As a closer, Neftali Feliz needed a fastball and velocity more than finesse and defense. Not so as a starter. Feliz used his fastball early before relying on his slider and changeup to escape trouble twice, giving up a run in three innings of the Texas Rangers' 6-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies split squad Wednesday. "I felt comfortable," said Feliz, who allowed four hits and struck out three. "I was trying to hit my spots and I did it. You have to feel confident." Feliz started strong, striking out Eric Young Jr. on three pitches and then striking out two of the next three batters, primarily using his blazing fastball. But when the Rockies hitters started settling in and five of seven batters reached base, Feliz went to his secondary pitches to induce inning-ending double plays in the second and third to limit the damage. "You can't rely only on your fastball," Feliz said. "You have to be comfortable with any p...
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