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Rangers lose season opener 14-10 against Philly

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 31, 2014 at 6:58 pm •  Published: March 31, 2014
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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas can still score a lot of runs, even without any opening-day pop from its big offseason acquisitions.

Fortunately for the Rangers, they might not have to wait too much longer to get Yu Darvish back on the mound.

With their ace eligible to come off the disabled list as early as this weekend, the Rangers sent converted reliever Tanner Scheppers to the mound for opening day, and it didn't work out very well. The right-hander allowed seven two-out runs over four innings in his first career start, and the Rangers lost 14-10 to the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday.

"We want to stop giving up runs with two outs," manager Ron Washington said. "Those are supposed to be the most difficult runs to get."

Philadelphia led 6-0 after Jimmy Rollins hit a grand slam in the second inning, but the Rangers came back to take a 7-6 lead off Cliff Lee (1-0) in his return to Texas. Scheppers and the bullpen were unable to make that hold up against the Phillies, who had 17 hits and their most runs in a season opener since 1900.

"I was extremely disappointed. You bear down there. My pitches were around the zone," Scheppers said. "I was just trying to be too fine with everything, trying to hit corners. Unfortunately, I put the guys in a big hole."

Darvish and left-handed starters Matt Harrison and Derek Holland are on the DL, clearing the way for Scheppers became the first pitcher since Fernando Valenzuela for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1981 to make his first career start on opening day. Scheppers, who had 76 relief appearances last season, struck out two and walked three.

Josh Wilson, the journeyman starting at second base in place of injured Jurickson Profar, had a three-run double in the bottom of the second to make it 6-4. Texas went ahead on Alex Rios' three-run homer in the third.

John Mayberry Jr., a first-round draft pick by the Rangers in 2005 who never played for the big league club and was traded three years later, came up as a pinch hitter in the fifth and had a tiebreaking two-run double off Pedro Figueroa (0-1) for a 9-7 Phillies lead. Marlon Byrd and Cody Asche later added homers.

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