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Jose Leclerc to open for Adrian Sampson on Friday

The Rangers have announced they will be using Jose Leclerc as an opener for Adrian Sampson tomorrow

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images

The Texas Rangers will have Jose Leclerc start tomorrow’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals, the team announced today. Following Leclerc will be Adrian Sampson, who will pitch in the post-opener starter role.

This is the second time the Rangers will have used the opener this season, after having Jesse Chavez open for Drew Smyly on May 11 against Houston. Leclerc, of course, was the Rangers’ closer until a bad streak resulted in him being removed from that role. He will most likely pitch to 3-6 batters before Sampson takes over.