The Texas Rangers signaled their intentions on Thursday’s offday that they’d be spending the remainder of the season taking deeper looks at the youngsters. The departures of Asdrubal Cabrera and Tim Federowicz paved the way for the arrival of Scott Heineman, Emmanuel Clase and the returns of Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Jose Trevino.
Heineman and IKF started in CF and 3B respectively and contributed a few hits to the cause. The Rangers do still have veterans, however, and they came up big tonight as Lance Lynn tossed seven innings and struck out 10 while allowing just one first inning run.
Rougned Odor and Hunter Pence hit home runs for the home team and the Rangers welcomed a new era of their rebuild with a win to propel them back above .500 in 2019.
Player of the Game: Scott Heineman had the first hit of his big league career with a single in the bottom of the fourth in his big league debut. Heineman added another single in the bottom of the eighth and he’s now got a career batting average of .500. Mike Trout who?
Up Next: The Rangers and Tigers reconvene for the second game of this series with RHP Adrian Sampson set to duel LHP Matthew Boyd for Detroit. Saturday’s first pitch from The Ballpark is scheduled for 7:05 pm CT.