With Cole Hamels in Frisco painting in his first rehab assignment, the Rangers got their first look at Tyson Ross in the rotation. Holy crap! A starting pitcher that can strike out batters that isn't named Yu Darvish?!
Ross didn't allow a hit until there were two outs in the top of the fifth. After several less than inspiring rehab outings, Ross dialed it up and showed why the Rangers signed him by picking up a win in his Rangers debut off a final line of 5 2/3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 5 Ks.
Carlos Gomez returned from the DL. Mike Napoli returned as well and was in the lineup. The Rangers used a right-handed heavy lineup against breakout star James Paxton and every member of the lineup got at least one hit. Everyone but Napoli, Rougned Odor, and Robinson Chirinos reached base at least twice.
The Rangers played this game with Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara -- arguably their best two hitters this season -- on the bench, and they scored ten runs, seven of them off Paxton, a guy who shut them down on just two hits back in April.
Player of the Game: Besides Ross, the return of Gomez was felt immediately as he went 2-for-5 with a three run home run and four RBIs.
Up Next: The Rangers and Mariners play the second game of this weekend tilt with Martin Perez set to make the start opposite RHP Yovani Gallardo. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 pm CT.