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G154: Rangers take opener of Oakland series Friday, 3-1

Kenny Rogers won in Oakland. What a shocker. He has a record of about 600-2 in Oakland’s stadium. Formally, he went 6.1IP, giving up 1ER on 5H and 5BB. A high amount of walks, but it didn’t affect his bottom line. And the run they did get was a solo home run in the first by Kotsay. Beyond that, the A’s were pretty much kept under control.
Offensively, we had some hits (nine), but it felt like one of those games where we couldn’t get it all going. The only person with more than one hit was Blalock (two). Everyone else who got one got that, one. One of them was Mike Young who advanced his hitting streak to 20 games with a home run. If Young runs the table for the rest of the season, he’ll tie Gabe Kapler’s club record of 28 a couple of years ago, which will be frustrating since he’ll be on a roll, and the only thing that stops him will be the end of the schedule. Since we open at home next year, it will make for an interesting celebration of a new franchise record, what with it being the home opener – that’s always an electric crowd anyway.
Since I covered Mike Young above, the Phil Nevin watch was another 58 grand spent on a right handed bench warmer.
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