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G1: Rangers lose season opener to A’s, 5-4

The season starts. However, I don’t much care for games that START at 9:45PM. Blech. We need to move out of this division, just so the locals here can watch games at a more human hour Could be worse, when I was growing up in Philly, when the Phillies were in Los Angeles or San Diego, games would start at 10:05! Ugh.. However, it was nice to have “real” Ranger baseball on the TV again. Thank god basketball is done, too. Really sick and tired of seeing college basketball on my TV. I wish it was that which was facing a lockout and a season off instead of hockey. Anyway, it was nice to have Josh & Tom back. They of course, wasted no time getting into their routine (which I enjoyed) – they were talking about movies almost right away. :)

It was Kenny Rogers vs Tim Hudson. I wasn’t expecting greatness out of the game, but when we had a bunch of runners on early, I said we had better take advantage of it, as you don’t get a ton of opportunities against Tim Hudson. We actually had quite a few baserunners, and while we scored four times this game, we left far too many men on. It’s only the first game, so I won’t freak out about it, but I don’t like to start the season on a bad trend like that. Kenny Rogers pitched pretty decently. It wasn’t the greatest I’ve seen him pitch, but he wasn’t bad, going 7 innings, giving up three runs, qualifying for a quality start. He didn’t seem terribly crisp, but he was effective when he had to be. A nice outing by him. His Oakland streak continues. :)

Offensively, we never seemed to be able to follow through on the opportunities presented to us. We left quite a few people on base. I’m not sure how many at the moment, but I think it was around 10 or 12 or so. The new guys were good. Fullmer was as advertised. Hard player, can whack the ball, will have his jersey open. :) Can’t wait to see him face Ben Weber of the Angels. Alfonso Soriano did what he normally does, except strike out. He didn’t do that. He went 1 for 3 with a walk and a hit batter, so he had a decent OBP. I did feel that Soriano got ripped on the error he was charged with. It should have been a it. Mark Teix

I also can’t let this go without saying it’s good that we locked up Mike Young through 2008. That’s a great move on our part – I just wish it hadn’t taken so long. I also think that after next year we need to do the same with Nix, provided he shows improvement. Along these lines, I did say something my wife laughed at when Soriano came up the first time. I said “You’d better do good so we can trade your ass in July.” :)

We lost. Despite all that, I enjoyed watching the game. I just wish it wasn’t so late when the games started.

Line Score
AL  FINAL
1  2  3   4  5  6   7  8  9     R  H  E
-  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -     -  -  -
TEXAS               0  0  1   1  0  0   2  0  0     4 11  1
OAKLAND             1  0  1   0  1  0   0  2  x     5  9  0      (FINAL)
BATTERIES: TEX - KENNY ROGERS, JEFF NELSON (8TH), RON MAHAY (8TH) AND GERALD LAIRD
OAK - TIM HUDSON, CHRIS HAMMOND (6TH), CHAD BRADFORD (8TH),
ARTHUR RHODES (9TH) AND DAMIAN MILLER, ADAM MELHUSE (9TH)
WP - CHAD BRADFORD (1-0)
LP - JEFF NELSON (0-1)
SAVE - ARTHUR RHODES (1)
HOME RUNS: TEX - MARK TEIXEIRA (1) OFF CHRIS HAMMOND IN THE 7TH, 1 ON
OAK - NONE
TIME: 3:10     ATT: 45,122
PROBABLES: TEX - CHAN HO PARK (NR)
OAK - MARK MULDER (NR)
Box Score
TEXAS (4) VS OAKLAND (5) - FINAL
TEXAS                  ab  r  h rbi bb so lob   avg
M Young ss              5  1  2  1   0  0   2  .400
H Blalock 3b            4  0  1  0   1  1   3  .250
A Soriano 2b            3  0  1  0   1  0   2  .333
B Fullmer dh            4  1  2  0   1  0   2  .500
M Teixeira 1b           4  1  1  3   1  0   4  .250
D Dellucci lf           4  0  0  0   0  0   4  .000
a-H Perry ph           1  0  1  0   0  0   0 1.000
R Nivar pr             0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
K Mench rf              5  0  0  0   0  2   3  .000
L Nix cf                4  1  2  0   0  0   0  .500
G Laird c               3  0  1  0   0  1   1  .333
Totals                 37  4 11  4   4  4  21
a-singled to right for D Dellucci in the 9th.
BATTING: 2B - H Blalock (1, T Hudson); L Nix (1, T Hudson). HR - M Teixeira (1,
7th inning off C Hammond 1 on, 1 Out). S - G Laird. RBI - M Teixeira 3 (3), M
Young (1). 2-out RBI - M Teixeira, M Young. Runners left in scoring position, 2
out - K Mench 2, D Dellucci 2, A Soriano 1, M Teixeira 1. Team LOB - 12.
BASERUNNING: SB - D Dellucci (1, 2nd base off T Hudson/D Miller).
FIELDING: E - A Soriano (1, ground ball). DP: 2 (M Teixeira-M Young-M
Teixeira-A Soriano, A Soriano-M Young-M Teixeira).
OAKLAND                ab  r  h rbi bb so lob   avg
M Kotsay cf             5  0  0  0   0  0   3  .000
B Kielty lf             4  2  2  0   0  1   0  .500
E Chavez 3b             3  1  1  0   1  1   1  .333
J Dye rf                3  0  2  2   1  0   0  .667
E Durazo dh             3  1  1  0   0  1   3  .333
E Karros 1b             3  0  1  1   1  0   2  .333
B Crosby ss             4  1  0  0   0  1   4  .000
D Miller c              3  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
a-B McMillon ph        0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
b-E Byrnes ph          1  0  1  2   0  0   0 1.000
A Melhuse c            0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
M Scutaro 2b            3  0  1  0   1  0   0  .333
Totals                 32  5  9  5   4  4  13
a-hit for D Miller in the 8th;  b-doubled to deep left for B Mcmillon in the
8th.
BATTING: 2B - J Dye (1, K Rogers); B Kielty (1, K Rogers); E Byrnes (1, R
Mahay). RBI - J Dye 2 (2), E Karros (1), E Byrnes 2 (2). 2-out RBI - E Karros,
E Byrnes 2. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - E Karros 2, M Kotsay 1, B
Crosby 2. GIDP - E Durazo, M Kotsay. Team LOB - 8.
FIELDING: PB - D Miller.
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TEXAS           - 001 100 200   --   4
OAKLAND         - 101 010 02x   --   5
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TEXAS                        ip       h   r  er  bb  so  hr    era
K Rogers                      7       6   3   3   3   4   0   3.86
J Nelson (L, 0-1; H, 1)         2/3   2   2   2   0   0   0  27.00
R Mahay (B, 1)                  1/3   1   0   0   1   0   0   0.00
OAKLAND                      ip       h   r  er  bb  so  hr    era
T Hudson                      5       6   2   2   3   3   0   3.60
C Hammond (B, 1)              2       4   2   2   0   0   1   9.00
C Bradford (W, 1-0)           1       0   0   0   1   0   0   0.00
A Rhodes (S, 1)               1       1   0   0   0   1   0   0.00
C Hammond pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.
IBB - H Blalock (by C Bradford). HBP - A Soriano (by T Hudson); E Durazo (by
K Rogers). Pitches-strikes: K Rogers 111-65; J Nelson 17-11; R Mahay 9-4; T
Hudson 106-63; C Hammond 34-23; C Bradford 12-7; A Rhodes 16-9. Ground
balls-fly balls: K Rogers 12-5; J Nelson 2-0; R Mahay 1-0; T Hudson 6-6; C
Hammond 2-4; C Bradford 3-0; A Rhodes 1-1. Batters faced: K Rogers 30; J Nelson
4; R Mahay 3; T Hudson 25; C Hammond 10; C Bradford 4; A Rhodes 4.
UMPIRES: HP--Dana Demuth. 1B--Brian Runge. 2B--Kerwin Danley. 3B--Mike
Winters.
T--3:10. Att--45,122.
Weather: 57 degrees, clear. Wind: 22 mph, out to right.