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No peeking! Rangers' Feliz eagerly awaits his chance to pitch

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After getting shut out of the action during Game 1, Texas Rangers closer Neftali Feliz(notes) could barely contain himself moments before making his ALCS debut against the New York Yankees on Saturday.

From inside the Rangers bullpen, TBS cameras caught Feliz peeking through a cracked-open gate of the center-field fence during the bottom of the eighth inning. Feliz was acting the part of expectant father and a member of the knothole gang. A-dorable.

Maybe they ought to build him a window? Something for general manager Jon Daniels to think about this offseason.

Feliz was still a tad jumpy once he got into the game. He went full on Derek Jeter(notes) before striking him out, then walked Curtis Granderson(notes) and Mark Teixeira(notes) to keep the crowd just worried enough — even with a 7-2 lead.

Going back to the Tampa Bay series, Feliz had faced 12 batters and walked five of them in the playoffs — not nearly the kind of control he showed in the regular season.

But Alex Rodriguez(notes) followed with a grounder and Robinson Cano(notes) flied out to end the game.

Not a save, but not a meltdown, either. The Rangers, who finally had a home playoff victory, also had evened the series with New York.

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