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SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Prince Fielder singled home fellow Texas newcomer Shin-Soo Choo but Tommy Hanson gave up two runs on three consecutive extra-base hits in the first inning before settling down in the Rangers' 8-2 loss to a Colorado Rockies split-squad Wednesday.

Charlie Culberson, who went 3 for 4, homered in the first off Hanson. Corey Dickerson, the next batter, tripled and scored on Wilin Rosario's double.

Hanson struck out the next two after Rosairo's double and retired the final five Rockies he faced in his three innings.

Culberson, who played second and third base, also scored two runs. He also made a diving catch of Choo's line drive in the third to rob him of a hit.

"The home run felt really good especially early on in spring when you can square a ball up and drive the ball, it's nice," Culberson said. "That was like my first web-gem, so robbing him of a hit feels good. It was a good day. Right now it's just timing and swinging at good pitches. I think I did that today and found some good results."

Hanson, who is competing for a Texas rotation slot, struck out the next two batters. He pitched three innings, retiring the final five Rockies he faced.

"Whatever is going to be best for this team is going to happen. Hopefully, I can go out and do my part and throw well. This is where I want to be and play for," Hanson said. "Hopefully it all works out and comes together at the end of spring."

Franklin Morales, who was limited to one start and 19 relief appearances last year with Boston because of injuries, allowed one run and three hits, while striking out five in three innings.

"I'm not thinking of striking anybody out," Morales said. "I'm trying to make my pitches and throw a strike. Thank God, I feel healthy this year."

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