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Jonah Heim gets redemption as Rangers edge Cubs in opener

(AP photo/Gareth Patterson)


ARLINGTON — The replay clearly showed that Jonah Heim was right.

Miles Mastrobuoni fouled off the second pitch from Jose Leclerc with two outs in the ninth inning Thursday night and runners at first and second base. Plate umpire Chad Fairchild, though, saw it as a wild pitch that had squirted away from the Rangers catcher.

As Heim and Fairchild aired out their grievances, the ball was live and Michael Busch scored the go-ahead run from second base.

Heim felt like crap, or stronger. By not finishing the play, he had given the Cubs an Opening Day gift that, it appeared, would sink the Rangers in their first game as world champions.

Then, good fortune smiled on Heim.

Jeff Wilson

Sports reporter for two decades. Sports fan for life. Covers the Texas Rangers. Graduate of TCU. Colorado native. Author of Purple Passion: TCU Football Legends (https://t.co/2fmXLyympx). Follow me on Twitter at @JeffWilsonTXR

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  1. deGrom Texas Ranger March 30, 2024

    Langford is great. Umpire unions (and players’ unions) need to be abolished. They harm progress for the sport.


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