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Texas Rangers Team Report - April 18th
From The Sports Network
(Sports Network) - After taking three of four games from Anaheim, the Texas
Rangers begin a new weekend series against the struggling Oakland Athletics
tonight at the Coliseum.
After falling behind 4-0 in the first inning last night, the Rangers fought
back and earned a 9-7 victory over the Angels. Hank Blalock went 2-for-3 with
a solo homer and three runs scored and Ryan Christenson finished with three
RBI to lead the Texas .
Ryan Drese (1-1) earned the victory for the Rangers, as he threw seven innings
and allowed four runs on nine hits to go along with eight strikeouts and four
walks. Ugueth Urbina came in for final two outs in the ninth and recorded his
sixth save of the season despite a shaky outing.
Texas will rely on veteran righthander John Thomson this evening. Thomson has
yet to record a decision this season, including a no-decision with Seattle on
Sunday. The righty surrendered six hits and three runs over seven innings,
while fanning six.
Thomson performed well in his first career start against Oakland on April 8,
allowing just seven hits and one run over six innings. The 29-year-old struck
out seven and walked two in the no-decision.
The Rangers have surrendered 99 runs so far this season and scored just 68
Alex Rodriguez has been outstanding as usual, as he has hit seven home runs
04/18 12:53:55 ET
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