The Hot Corner | Rangers Win Opener

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The Texas Rangers played their season opener on Thursday afternoon. Here is what happened on the field and behind the scenes.


Texas Rangers (1-0, tied first in American League West)

Last Game: Rangers 11, Philadelphia Phillies 7

Jacob deGrom struggled in his Rangers debut, allowing five runs in three and two-thirds innings despite striking out seven. The Rangers quickly fell behind 5-0 but erupted for nine runs in the bottom of the fourth and added two more on a Brad Miller home run in the fifth. Cole Ragans came out of the bullpen to get the win on opening day.

Noteworthy: DeGrom gave up the first runs of his career on an opening day. He had held teams scoreless through his first three career opening day starts entering Thursday.

The Rangers won a season opener for the first time since 2020. It was their tenth consecutive win over the Phillies since 2014, the team’s longest against a National League team.

Manager Bruce Bochy managed his first game in the American League after coming out of retirement in the offseason. Bochy previously spent 25 years as a National League manager with the San Diego Padres and the San Francisco Giants.

Robbie Grossman went 1-3 with a home run and three RBIs in his Texas debut.

Next Up: Philadelphia Phillies (0-1) at Rangers, 3:05 p.m. CT Saturday



Dallas Stars (40-20-14, tied second in Central Division, tied fifth in Western Conference)

Noteworthy: The Stars are approaching the club record for road wins in a season. The current mark is 25; this year’s team has 22 entering Friday. Dallas plays four more road games, including the game on Friday, this season.

Next Up: Stars at Arizona Coyotes (27-35-13), 9:30 p.m. CT Friday



Dallas Mavericks (37-40, third in Southwest Division, 11th in Western Conference)

Noteworthy: The Mavericks are now a full game out of the play-in and two games behind the seven-seed. The Mavericks are also in danger of falling behind the Utah Jazz.

Next Up: Mavericks at Miami Heat (40-37), 6:30 p.m. CT Saturday

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