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First impressions of Rangers’ Max Scherzer: Gritty, gamer, talker

(AP photo/Michael Ainsworth)



ARLINGTON — The Rangers debut of Max Scherzer was headed in the same direction of previous big-time trade acquisitions Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels.

The Rangers lost the left-handers’ debut in 2010 and 2015. Lee allowed six runs in a complete game, and Hamels gave up five in 7 2/3 innings.

Scherzer allowed three runs Thursday afternoon before he recorded his third out. After two innings, he was at 52 pitches.

“I was laboring,” he said.

But that doesn’t mean he was pitching poorly against the White Sox.


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. Monty W August 3, 2023

    Speaking of attendance, has ownership or management said anything bout the attendance with year? I’ve looked at future weekend series, starting a month or two ago, and available tickets have been pretty low. Even when the Brewer’s come to town in a few weeks. It’s good to see the fans responding to butts in the seats. Winning is fun!

  2. deGrom Texas Ranger August 6, 2023

    Jose Smith must have been a trade deadline acquisition. I wonder what his stats look like…


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