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Rays strike first in Game 163 against Rangers

Sep 30, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT

Delmon Young AP

It’s do-or-die time for the Rays and Rangers in Game 163. And the Rays have the early advantage.

Delmon Young delivered a sacrifice fly in the top of the first inning to give the Rays an early 1-0 lead, but things could have been much worse for the Rangers and their young left-hander Martin Perez.

Desmond Jennings led off the game by ripping the first pitch from Perez the left field line, but he was cut down by Craig Gentry while trying to stretch it into a double. This is Jennings’ first game back in the starting lineup in over a week due to a hamstring strain and he clearly isn’t 100 percent yet. It proved to be a big moment in the inning, as Martin went on to walk Wil Myers on four pitches and give up singles to Ben Zobrist and Evan Longoria. However, Perez was able to avoid the big inning by getting Young to fly out deep to center field and Sean Rodriguez on a strikeout.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Sep 30, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    I was worried it would get out of hand in the Top of the 1st. I reckon this will embolden Perez.

    Right now I have the MLB on the projector and the NFL on my LED TV and eating Velveeta. This is what happens when the lady has to go to a business dinner.

  2. 18thstreet - Sep 30, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Were the Texas fans saying Cruuuuuz or booing? Or were they booing Sen. Ted Cruz?

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 30, 2013 at 9:29 PM

      I am afraid to admit that Ted Cruz is a Canuck. He was born here and we are not amused by his antics.

      • 18thstreet - Sep 30, 2013 at 10:42 PM

        He was afraid to admit it, too. Which is odd, because he had to undergo a background check to get security clearance.

  3. balfe13 - Sep 30, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    No one from Texas would boo Ted Cruz. Get your head out of your nether region.

    • Reflex - Sep 30, 2013 at 9:07 PM

      Not all areas of Texas are that bad, I’m certain he’s not very popular in Austin, for instance.

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