ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- If Friday night was any indication, the
Texas Rangers can't wait for the return of hitting coach Rudy
Jaramillo, who is recovering from prostate cancer, visited the
Texas clubhouse before the game.
The Rangers responded with a season-high in runs and hits to
beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 13-7.
"You talk about therapy for him." Texas manager Buck Showalter
said of Jaramillo. "It's therapy for us to see someone who's a big
part of the Rangers family in our clubhouse."
Young had five hits with a career-high five RBI and Mench hit a
Mench capped a five-run first for the Rangers with his first
home run of the season and second career grand slam. He also
knocked in five runs to match a career high.
Young broke a 6-all tie with a three-run double in the third and
added a two-run double in the fourth. He equaled a career-high by
going 5-for-5 and was on deck as the final out was recorded in the
Jaramillo said before the game he could be back by May 12, and
Young said he can't return soon enough.
"He's such a big part of our club," Young said. "He's our
hitting coach but he's also a good friend to a lot of us."
"Seth didn't make his pitches at all," Tampa Bay manager Joe
Maddon said. "He couldn't put it where he wanted. He's got a lot
to learn about pitching yet."
The Rangers loaded the bases in each of the first five innings
and they capitalized in the first, third and fourth.
After Phil Nevin's RBI single, Mench cleared the bases with his
homer off McClung.
Mench's other grand slam came June 11, 2005, against the Florida
Marlins. He has driven in seven runs over the past two games.
Mench didn't have an RBI in Texas' first 15 games. He was quick
to downplay Texas' outburst Friday.
"It's only one game," Mench said. "We have yet to put
something consistent together. With an offense like this we know
what we're capable of doing."
Young's third double of the game -- another career-high -- came in
the fourth with the bases full to put Texas on top 13-6.
It was Wigginton's sixth homer in his last 10 games.
"I've got to be able to hold a lead like that." McClung said.
"I feel bad for my teammates."
Nevin led off the fourth with his fifth homer of the season and
Mench followed with an RBI double to put the Rangers ahead 11-6.<
^Notes:@ Branyan's homer was his first of the season ... Texas
2B Drew Meyer made his first big league start and went 2-for-5. ...
Young's other five-hit game came June 14, 2002 against the Houston
Astros. ... Mench also drove in five runs June 30, 2005 against the
Los Angeles Angels.