Rangers Complete Opening Sweep Of Indians

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ARLINGTON -- The Texas Rangers are 3-0 for the first time since 1996.

Marlon Byrd and Ian Kinsler hit long home runs and the Rangers
completed their season-opening series sweep today by outslugging
Cleveland 12-8.

Byrd's homer was a three-run shot that capped a five-run first
off Carl Pavano (0-1), making his first start for Cleveland after
being a free-agent bust with the Yankees the past four seasons.

Texas won its first seven games and went on to win its first AL
West title in 1996.

Cleveland hit five home runs, including two by Grady Sizemore,
but couldn't rally from an early 9-1 deficit.

Sizemore hit a pair of two-run homers for Cleveland.

Brandon McCarthy (1-0) struck out seven in his five innings,
striking out the side twice though he didn't have a 1-2-3 inning.
He walked four and left with an 11-3 lead after throwing 105
pitches.

Also:

-- There was a moment of silence before the game for Angels
rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart, who was killed in a traffic accident
early today in California.

-- Rangers catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who left last night's
game experiencing dizziness because of inner ear inflammation, said
he felt better but was still had some symptoms. He hopes to be
ready to play tomorrow.

-- With today's game and three midday games in Detroit this
weekend, the Rangers are scheduled to play four consecutive day
games for the first time since April 1998.



 
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