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Rangers Dugout Journal: ALDS goes from hot to cool

Fans watch as grounds crew spread Diamond Pro Infield Conditioner after overnight rain dampened the field before Game 2 Friday morning at Globe Life Park.
Fans watch as grounds crew spread Diamond Pro Infield Conditioner after overnight rain dampened the field before Game 2 Friday morning at Globe Life Park. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

It went from summer to fall in less than 24 hours at Globe Life Park.

Friday’s temperature at first pitch was 67 degrees, a significant drop from the fan-waving, sun-drenched 90 degrees on Thursday.

A line of rain showers early Friday morning brought the lower temperatures and although it was dry by the 12:08 p.m. first pitch, a heavy overcast sky hovered above the park.

The 23-degree contrast is the largest in consecutive games at Globe Life Park since 2013. In that season, there was a 40-degree drop from April 9 to April 10 (79 to 39 degrees).

Prime time

For Rangers fans upset about daytime starts for the ALDS, MLB and TBS is throwing you a bone. But there’s a caveat. The Rangers have to win and stretch this series to a Game 5 so it makes it back to Globe Life Park. If both ALDS reach Game 5, the Rangers and Blue Jays would start at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in Arlington. If the Rangers-Blue Jays are the only ADLS active, then their Game 5 would start at 7 p.m.

But the Rangers have to win Games 3 and 4 first. Game 4, if necessary, would start at noon Monday if both ALDS are alive. If the Red Sox-Indians series is over, the Rangers’ Game 4 in Toronto would start at 5 p.m.

Scary moment

Blue Jays reliever Francisco Liriano was hit on the neck by a 102 mph line drive off the bat of Carlos Gomez in the eighth inning. Liriano never fell to the ground, but was taken out of the game and to an area hospital for an examination. Gomez and Liriano have been great friends since growing up in the Dominican Republic.

Gomez texted Liriano right after the game asking if he was OK. He hadn’t heard back about an hour after the game. “He’s my best friend,” Gomez said after the game. “I said, ‘Please tell me you’re OK.’ 

“When I saw it hit him, I was in shock,” he said. “I wasn’t even able to enjoy my base hit.”

Anthems, honors

The Star-Stangled Bannerwas sung by Sgt. Ray Polk of the Arlington Police Department and O Canadawas sung by Tommy Ray Williams. Longtime Rangers player, executive and broadcaster Tom Grieve threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Stefan Stevenson: 817-390-7760, @StevensonFWST

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