Five of the Rangers’ last six wins have been by one run (and
the other one was two nights ago, when the closer was brought in to nail down a
13-7 win). After starting the season 1-4
in one-run games, the club has won 9 of its last 11 decided by one.
Texas is now 18-7 at
home. It’s the best home record in
baseball, and the best through 25 games in franchise history.
That includes seven
straight at home, and 11 of the last 12.
Overall, the Rangers have won 11 of 15, 17 of 24, and 20 of
29. That final number trails only Tampa
Bay (by one game) in the American League.
Josh Hamilton’s pivotal sacrifice bunt (yes, his own idea,
not a bench call) was the first of his big league career.
And the third of his pro career. He had one in 1999 for the Princeton Devil
Rays of the short-season Appalachian League, and another for the Bakersfield
Blaze (then a Tampa Bay affiliate) in 2002.
Elvis Andrus was 13 years old the last time Hamilton moved a runner by
Tonight, Derek Holland (2-0) vs. Randy Wells (3-2). Tomorrow, C.J. Wilson (3-1) vs. Carlos Silva
(5-0, lifetime ERA against Texas of 5.20 in 13 starts, and an .844 OPS –
including 9.09 and 1.060 in seven Arlington starts). Packed houses expected for both.
The Angels are 5.5 back.
Oakland 4.0, Seattle 8.5.
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(c) Jamey Newberg