Texas Rangers

March 31, 2014

Rangers’ Opening Day by the numbers

The Rangers and Phillies produced a lot of double figures, and a triple figure, to start their seasons.

11 The Phillies scored 11 runs with two outs in an inning, including all their runs in their six-run second and four-run sixth.

13 Monday’s game marked the 13th time in major league history that both teams scored at least 10 runs in a season opener. It was the highest combined score for a Rangers season opener.

114 It had been 114 years since the Phillies scored at least 14 runs in a season opener. They defeated the Boston Beaneaters 19-17 in 1900.

5 The Rangers had won five consecutive home openers. They now are 21-22 on Opening Day and 23-20 in home openers.

3 Rangers right fielder Alex Rios’ three-run homer in the third inning was his third career Opening Day homer. He also became the second Ranger with at least three runs, three hits and three RBIs on Opening Day (Gabe Kapler, 2000). Albert Pujols was the last major leaguer to accomplish the feat, in 2010.

15 After giving up eight runs (all earned) Monday, Phillies winning pitcher Cliff Lee has allowed 15 runs in two Opening Day starts in Arlington. He was the Cleveland Indians’ Opening Day starter here in 2009 and allowed seven runs over five innings. His ERA in those two games is 13.50.

99 Lee had made 99 consecutive starts without allowing more than six earned runs. Monday’s game ended the majors’ longest active streak.

3 The Rangers scored in four innings, and the Phillies answered with at least one run in their ensuing at-bat three times.

5 The Rangers have allowed double-digit runs five times in a season opener. The previous high was 11 runs, on two occasions. The most recent was an 11-5 loss at home against the Detroit Tigers in 1999.

3 Rangers second baseman Josh Wilson tied his career high for RBIs in a game in his first at-bat as a Ranger, with a three-run double in the second inning.

4 Philadelphia third baseman Cody Asche’s four runs scored broke the Phillies’ Opening Day record. The Phillies have played 132 season openers.

7 The Rangers had seven players who were on an Opening Day roster for the first time: Jim Adduci, Robinson Chirinos, Michael Choice, Pedro Figueroa, Chris Gimenez, Martin Perez and Shawn Tolleson.

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