The Texas Rangers took the first leg of Saturday's double-header against the Detroit Tigers, winning 10-4 on the strength of an eight-run first inning. Rick Porcello was pulled from the mound after just one-plus innings after giving up his ninth run (eighth earned) on a Nelson Cruz single to center field.
Duane Below took over pitching duties and cooled off the Rangers' bats. He lasted six scoreless innings, giving up four hits and striking out four hitters. The Tigers couldn't quite get the needed firepower to crawl out of a 9-0 deficit, however. Miguel Cabrera had a nice day, going 3-for-4 from the plate including a two-run home run in the eighth inning. Fellow slugger Prince Fielder went 0-for-4, however, in just his third hitless game as a Tiger.
Josh Hamilton hit a three-run shot to open up the scoring for the Rangers, and Mike Napoli took Daniel Schlereth deep in the ninth for his fifth homer in five games. Austin Jackson homered in the fourth to put Detroit on the board.
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|WP: Yu Darvish (2 - 0)
LP: Adam Wilk (0 - 2)