Jurickson Profar a big hit in Rangers debut
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Jurickson Profar made quite a debut at age 19, homering in his first major league at-bat and helping the Texas Rangers rout the Indians, 8-3, Sunday in Cleveland.
Profar opened the third with a drive over the right-field wall off Zach McAllister (5-6). Profar doubled his next time up as a late substitute after second baseman Ian Kinsler was scratched with a stiff back. He is the first player born in 1993 to play in the majors, and became the youngest major leaguer to hit a homer since Rangers teammate Adrian Beltre did it in 1998 for the Dodgers, also at age 19.
‘‘I guess it’s a pretty big thing,’’ Profar said, his hair and neck covered in shaving cream from a celebratory ‘‘pie’’ administered by Elvis Andrus. ‘‘I was just a little bit nervous, but I’m with a lot of great players, so I just went out and played.”
The teen apparently forgot it was his turn to hit in the fifth. With Luis Martinez on first with a single, Profar wasn’t even in the on-deck circle. Suddenly, he grabbed a bat, ran to the plate, and flied out on the second pitch. He finished 2 for 4.
Derek Holland (10-6) gave up two runs over seven innings as the AL West-leading Rangers took two of three in the series. Texas matched its best record through 133 games, having also gone 79-54 in 1999.
Orioles 8, Yankees 3 — Mark Reynolds hit a three-run shot in the sixth for his second two-homer game of the weekend series and visiting Baltimore closed to within two games of New York in the AL East.
Reynolds, who homered twice in Friday’s victory, got Baltimore on the scoreboard Sunday when he hit a mammoth drive leading off the fifth against Phil Hughes. Reynolds’s 16th homer in the sixth finished Hughes (13-12) and put Baltimore ahead, 5-3.
Tigers 4, White Sox 2 — Justin Verlander (13-7) shut down Chicago after the first inning and Delmon Young hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the sixth to lift host Detroit to a sweep of the three-game series and into a share of first place with the White Sox in the AL Central.
Braves 8, Phillies 7 — Chipper Jones hit a three-run homer off Jonathan Papelbon with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, capping a five-run rally that sent Atlanta over Philadelphia.
Dodgers 5, Diamondbacks 4 — Adrian Gonzalez doubled in the tying and winning runs off Arizona’s J.J. Putz in the ninth, giving host Los Angeles a series split.
Rays 9, Blue Jays 4 — David Price (17-5) pitched a solid 6⅔ innings to become the AL’s top winner and Ben Francisco homered in his first start for Tampa Bay as the Rays salvaged a series split in Toronto.