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April 05, 2013

Rangers react to 3-2 home-opening victory

Here are some Rangers players' thoughts after a 3-2 victory over the Angels. Adrian Beltre, 2 for 20 lifetime against Jason Vargas, hit a game-tying homer in the seventh off Garrett Richards, and Ian Kinsler had the game-winning single off Scott Downs. Craig Gentry scored the run, sliding home safely just ahead of Josh Hamilton's throw from right field.


On his homer: "I was looking for a pitch up in the zone that I could drive. He threw me a breaking ball on the first pitch and I swung through it, and he threw me a fastball on the second pitch and I swung through it. I told myself, 'Let me the pitch come up.' He had good stuff. He put a pitch over the plate, and I was able to put a swing on it."
On Vargas: "It's funny. Obviously, I played with him. I told him when I got a little slow-roller hit that it was a bullet in my book. I don't mind facing him. He lives on the edges. In and out. Changeups. He gets me out somehow. He knows how to pitch and has always been tough on me. But one of these days I'm going to get mine."
David Murphy
On an emotional first-pitch ceremony with the family of a victim of the school shooting in Newtown, Ct.: “That was a very humbling experience,” Murphy said, before getting choked up and pausing. “I have three kids of my own. I can’t imagine what that would be like. It makes you realize the insignificance of baseball.
“Just to be able to spend those few minutes on the field was pretty amazing. They’re a beautiful family. It was a great moment for them. I had to really hold it together.”
On winning hit: "Personally, I had a lot of opportunities with two outs and guys in scoring position, and I wasn't getting it done. Definitely we needed to get that hit in the eighth there. The first pitch he threw me a curveball. I think he was just trying to get ahead. The second pitch wasn't too close to the zone. He's usually a very good strike thrower. Luckily I got ahead in the count."
On winning run: "Two outs, as soon as the ball hits the bat I'm taking off. It was going to be close, but in that situation you have to gamble."


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