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Alex Rios goes 2-for-3 with a triple in Rangers debut

Aug 10, 2013, 11:15 PM EDT

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Alex Rios made quite the impression in his first game as a Ranger, going 2-for-3 with a walk and a game-tying RBI triple in the eighth inning, as the Rangers defeated the Astros 5-4. The Rangers acquired Rios yesterday for Leury Garcia, a 22-year-old infield prospect who made his Major League debut earlier this season after spending most of the year with Triple-A Round Rock.

In 465 plate appearances with the White Sox, Rios posted a .749 OPS with 12 home runs and 26 stolen bases. Rios is earning $12.5 million this year and will earn another $12.5 million next year. In 2015, the Rangers will have a $13.5 million club option with a $1 million option as Rios finishes out the seven-year, $69.835 million contract extension he signed with the Blue Jays in April 2008.

The Athletics narrowly lost to the Blue Jays this afternoon, so the Rangers take a one-game first place lead in the AL West. The Rangers have a very easy schedule through August, as they face the Astros five more times, the Brewers for a two-game interleague set, the Mariners six times, the White Sox three times, and the Twins for a three-game set which bleeds into September.

  1. einjzmolf - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Elvis Andrus also hit his first dinger in 557 at bats, the longest streak in the mlb up until.. pretty cool for him

  2. craftedinc - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    You can say the rangers will Cruz control into first place with rios ha!

  3. storebrandcookies - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    Good game filled with emotion.. Nice to see Nolan watching from behind home plate and of course sporting the face that almost landed him the role of Hector Salamanca.

  4. friarsimon - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    And he didn’t drop anything in right field…That’s an improvement right there…

  5. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    another former bluejays BUST!!!

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