2:05 PM ET, April 9, 2009
Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Arlington, Texas
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers are going to make people forget about those miserable starts of the recent past if they keep playing like it is 1996 again.For the first time since the season of their first AL West title, the Rangers are 3-0.
• The Rangers scored five runs in the first inning and four more in the second off Indians starter Carl Pavano to sweep the three-game series.
• Marlon Byrd and Ian Kinsler each went deep with Byrd hitting a three-run homer off Pavano in the first.
• Pavano, in his first start with the Indians, allowed nine earned runs, tying a career high.
• Grady Sizemore went deep twice as part of a five-homer game for the Indians.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
There was a moment of silence before the game for Angels rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart, who was killed in a car crash early Thursday. ... Sizemore had his seventh career multihomer game. He struck out his other three at-bats. ... Rangers C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who left Wednesday night's game experiencing dizziness because of inner ear inflammation, said he felt better and hoped to be ready to play Friday. ... The Indians will show a video tribute for former pitcher and broadcaster Herb Score during pregame ceremonies before their home opener Friday. Score died in November. Score's widow, Nancy, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. ... With three noon games this weekend in Detroit, Texas is scheduled to play four day games in a row for the first time since April 1998.
Regular Season Series
|Texas leads 8-1 (as of Thu 4/9)|
|Mon 4/6||@TEX 9, CLE 1||Recap|
|Wed 4/8||@TEX 8, CLE 5||Recap|
|» Thu 4/9||@TEX 12, CLE 8||Box Score|
|Tue 8/11||@CLE 5, TEX 0||Recap|
|Wed 8/12||TEX 5, @CLE 0||Recap|
|Thu 8/13||TEX 4, @CLE 1||Recap|
|Tue 9/8||TEX 11, @CLE 9||Recap|
|Tue 9/8||TEX 10, @CLE 5||Recap|
|Wed 9/9||TEX 10, @CLE 0||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Indians | Rangers|
|1st||J Hamilton hit sacrifice fly to right, I Kinsler scored, M Young to third.||0||1|
|1st||A Jones singled to center, M Young scored.||0||2|
|1st||M Byrd homered to center, A Jones and N Cruz scored.||0||5|
|2nd||K Shoppach homered to center.||1||5|
|2nd||I Kinsler homered to left, O Vizquel scored.||1||7|
|2nd||N Cruz hit sacrifice fly to right, M Young scored, J Hamilton to third.||1||8|
|2nd||M Byrd grounded into fielder's choice to pitcher, J Hamilton scored, A Jones out at second.||1||9|
|3rd||G Sizemore homered to right, A Cabrera scored.||3||9|
|5th||O Vizquel singled to center, C Davis scored, T Teagarden to third.||3||10|
|5th||I Kinsler singled to left, T Teagarden scored, O Vizquel to second.||3||11|
|6th||G Sizemore homered to center, A Cabrera scored.||5||11|
|7th||V Martinez homered to center.||6||11|
|8th||A Cabrera doubled to deep center, K Shoppach scored.||7||11|
|8th||M Byrd doubled to deep center, A Jones scored.||7||12|
|9th||T Hafner homered to right.||8||12|
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|Stadium||Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Arlington, TX|
|Attendance||14,672 (30.4% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||75 degrees, cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - Jerry Crawford, Third Base - Tom Hallion|