Monday, September 6, 2010
Rangers drop series opener in Toronto
The Blue Jays lived up to its billing as a power-hitting team with three home runs off Tommy Hunter (12-3) en route to a 7-2 drubbing of the Rangers Monday in Toronto.
Both starting pitchers, Hunter and Ricky Romero (12-8), went seven innings. Romero, who has historically pitched well against Texas, gave up only one run against Hunter's seven.
The Rangers hoped Hunter would right the ship after the team suffered a series sweep at the hands of the Twins. Hunter pitched a few solid innings, but the damage was done in the third when Vernon Wells and Aaron Hill drove in five runs off two homers. Yunel Escobar also got in the act with a solo shot in the seventh.
Michael Young, one of the few bright spots in the Rangers' lineup, went 3-for-3 with a RBI, a walk and also added some nice defensive plays at third base. Vladimir Guerrero swung the bat well, knocking in a couple of extra-base hits and scoring one of the Rangers' runs.
Elvis Andrus is expected to sit out until Wednesday with a sore hamstring, and Josh Hamilton's bruised ribs could keep the major league batting leader out of the lineup longer than anticipated.
Scott Feldman is currently the leading candidate to start Game 2 of the four-game series as the Rangers "err on the side of caution" in regards to Cliff Lee's back pain.
Alyssa Milano of "Who's the Boss?" fame was in attendance for the Rangers' Labor Day loss.