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ST19: Rangers win 2nd game of DH; 9-2 over Phillies

Well, we broke the streak at four. However, it was tempered by the news that Kapler got hurt at the end of game 1 of this doubleheader. Gabe Kapler felt a twinge as he lunged for first base on the final out of an 8-2 seven-inning loss to Philadelphia. It’s not yet known how much time he’ll miss. Could be a week, could be 5. :( That could make our starting outfield on opening day Mateo / Porter / Curtis. Doesn’t look like we’ll be moving any outfielders now.
On the better news side, Rick Helling looked pretty decent. He went 6 innings, giving up two runs on two hits. Not all that bad. Hopefully this is the kind of performance we get out of him, not the one last time out. Crabby came on and pitched the last inning, not giving up anything.
On the other side, Bo Porter continued his case to make the team, which could be strengthened with the injury to Kapler, along with Ledee not being ready for opening day. Porter had two home runs, three RBIs in four at bats. There were 6 other hits scattered amongst the Ranger lineup. Offensively, we woke up during this game, this looks like what the Rangers of 2001 are supposed to be like.