Rangers not sure how long Palumbo (blister) will be out
Rookie left-hander Joe Palumbo was forced to leave Game 1 of a doubleheader Tuesday because of a blister, but Mike Trout had already hit a two-run homer against him and the Texas Rangers were stifled by left-hander Andrew Heaney in a 5-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.
Palumbo surrendered three runs in the first inning but had retired five straight and was ahead of Trout in the count 1-2 when he exited after 1 2/3 innings. That forced an already fatigued Rangers bullpen to cover 7 1/3 innings, which they did with only three relievers.
Willie Calhoun provided the only Rangers run with a homer in the sixth inning. The hit snapped a stretch of 16 straight outs recorded by Heaney, who struck out a career-high 14 batters in eight strong innings.
Before the game, the Rangers placed right fielder Nomar Mazara on the 10-day injured list with a strained left oblique and promoted second baseman Nick Solak from Triple A Nashville. Solak started as the designated hitter and delivered a two-out single in the seventh for his first MLB hit.
Game 2 was set for 7 p.m. Tuesday. The opener served as the makeup game for the July 1 contest that was postponed following the death of Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs.