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Intrasquad report: Neftali Feliz impresses

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- As pitching coach Mike Maddux was quick to point out, he had 17 pitchers to watch Friday.

"Everybody here is special," Maddux said.

So here are thoughts on the part of today's game that didn't feature Yu Darvish:

* The other newcomer to the starting rotation, Neftali Feliz, threw an inning. His fastball hit 94 mph and his slider had good movement. He struck out Conor Jackson looking on a slider outside. Feliz threw changeups to Leonys Martin, who grounded out to third. Feliz looked in charge on the mound, allowing just one hit (an infield single to Mike Olt).

"Here's a guy with this explosive fastball, even though we don't have our best fastball on March 2 as we are in the second week in April, but he threw a slider 3-2 to his first guy," Maddux said. "He came in and I saw him throw some good changeups, used his cutter."

* Alexi Ogando lit up the radar gun, hitting 97 mph and mixing in his offspeed stuff. He's working on a changeup as well and made short work of his inning, allowing one hit and striking out one. Ogando's catcher, Dusty Brown, said he was working on throwing the ball inside more.

* Martin dropped an Ian Kinsler fly ball to deep center. He was there in time to catch it, but it went off his glove. Manager Ron Washington said Martin tried to catch it "below his eyes." Right after the inning, outfield coach Gary Pettis spoke with him about the play, using it as a teaching moment.

* Julio Borbon, who was the DH and played some CF, was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a strikeout. Borbon also had a couple of hits in Thursday's game. He played full games both days.

* LHP Matt Harrison said he was pleased with his outing. Harrison had one walk and faced five batters, needing to get four outs after Martin's drop in center. Harrison was working on getting his two-seamer inside on right-handed hitters and had success.

* Starting with Sunday's game, the pitchers will throw two innings each or 35 to 40 pitches.

* Engel Beltre was 2-for-3 and Greg Miclat, a candidate for the utility infield position, was 2-for-2.

* Closer Joe Nathan hit 93 mph on the gun and mixed in his off-speed stuff. He pounded the strike zone and looked like he was in good rhythm. Maddux said Nathan has "found the fountain of youth" and that Nathan has bounced back from Tommy John surgery and feels good about himself.

"This guy is a leader," Maddux said. "He's a standup guy. He leads by example."

* Maddux liked Yoshinori Tateyama's changeup Friday. He gave up one hit and had a strikeout in his inning.