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Monday newsletter time: Justin Foscue bags first MLB hit in Rangers’ loss

(Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

 

ARLINGTON — The biggest hit Sunday night at Globe Life Field came in the third inning, when Yordan Alvarez launched a three-run homer after Dane Dunning had issued consecutive two-out walks to No. 9 hitter Jake Meyers and leadoff nuisance Jose Altuve.

Alvarez hit a cutter that Dunning said wasn’t high enough and wasn’t inside enough.

“It wasn’t really that,” Dunning said. “It was the two walks leading up to that.”

The Rangers, meanwhile, had only two singles and didn’t get their first until there were two outs in the sixth as Astros starter Ronel Blanco flirted with consecutive no-hitters. Adolis Garcia snuck on into center field to keep Johnny Vander Meer as the only MLB pitcher to pull that feat.

The other Rangers hit came with one out in the ninth, and Justin Foscue will never forget it. He singled up the middle against Josh Hader, one of the best closers in the game, and with one swing notched his first career hit and his first career RBI as Garcia, who had walked and gone to second on a wild pitch, chugged home from second.

“He’s one of the top closers in the game,” Foscue said. “I knew what I was getting myself into, but I just wanted to stay above the high spin-rate fastball. Luckily it snuck through there, I got an RBI out of it and we had a chance to win the game.”

Asked after the Rangers’ 3-1 loss how long it took for the moment to sink in, Foscue was honest.

“Oh, it sunk in pretty quick,” he said.

Foscue will start tonight at first base in the series finale against the Astros, who are starting left-hander Framber Valdez. That will likely put Ezequiel Duran, another right-handed hitter, into the lineup at third base.

Thanks to having his first hit out of the way, Foscue expects that his nerves will dissipate.

“For me to come through and help the team in some way, it feels really good,” he said. “I’m sure tomorrow I’ll feel a little more calmed down.”

Injury news

Josh Sborz landed on the 15-day injured list Sunday with a strained rotator cuff, which sounds frightening.

Alas, the Rangers expect the right-hander to need only the minimum stay on the IL. Sborz, who is eligible to be reinstated April 22, speculated that spring knee soreness that slowed his buildup might have contributed to the shoulder woes.

“I haven’t really felt good the entire season so far,” he said. “Just a little inflammation, and I’ve got 14 days to get it better.”

Michael Lorenzen should be in the rotation by the time Sborz is back. The Rangers are dispatching Lorenzen to an affiliate Tuesday to log 90 pitches so that when he does return to the rotation, he can pitch without any limitations.

The Rangers will likely drop him into the rotation without immediately displacing a starter to the bullpen. They are in the midst of playing on 17 straight days, and adding Lorenzen will give the other five starters some extra rest.

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Jeff Wilson, jeff@rangerstoday.com

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 April 8, 2024

    That 4.99 career ERA and 1.33 WHIP of Sborz should be nice to get rid of. I’d rather see Antoine Kelly get a shot, though.

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