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April 05, 2013

Wrapping up the Rangers' home opening victory over the Angels

The Texas Rangers won their fifth consecutive home opener on Friday afternoon, defeating the Angels 3-2 at Rangers Ballpark.

Josh Hamilton, in his return to The Ballpark, went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts. Rangers starter Derek Holland was the one responsible for the two strikeouts but downplayed the significance of it.

"I’m glad we finally got that over with because I was getting tired about hearing about Josh," Holland said. "Let’s worry about our team. Josh was great for what he did with us, he was awesome, he did his job for us and he is a hell of an athlete. There’s no doubt about it. He can carry a team by himself but he’s not with us anymore. So I’ve got to go out there and treat him like any other hitter."

Here are a few other notes from the home opener:

* Ian Kinsler drove in the game-winning run with an RBI single to right in the eighth inning. Kinsler had 12 game-winning RBIs last season, second-most on the club.

* A.J. Pierzynski went 3 for 4 in his debut as a Ranger at Rangers Ballpark, and scored the first run in the stadium in 2013.

* Adrian Beltre swatted a solo shot in the seventh that tied the game at 2-2. The ball barely cleared the left-field fence, and Beltre said afterward: "That was a happy moment for me."

* Closer Joe Nathan worked around a two-out walk to pick up his first save of the season. He now has 299 career saves and is one shy of becoming the 24th pitcher in the 300-save club.

* Nelson Cruz went 3 for 4 with a double and a run scored, and has at least two hits in all four games this season.

* The first-pitch temperature was 64 degrees, the lowest for a game at Rangers Ballpark since a 62-degree day on April 20, 2011.

-- Drew Davison


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