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Old 01-18-2019, 03:30 AM   #6
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APRIL 8, 1972
Today is the third game in the season-opening series in Texas between the Rangers and the Kansas City Royals. The Rangers have scored in only one of the previous eighteen innings of this series.

The Rangers signed pitching coach Mike Redington to a 1-year, $5,500 per year contract.

OTHER GAMES SCHEDULED
AMERICAN LEAGUE
Detroit 0-1 at Boston 1-0
Baltimore 2-0 at New York 0-2
Cleveland 1-0 at Milwaukee 0-1
Oakland 0-1 at Chicago 1-0
California 1-0 at Minnesota 0-1

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Chicago 0-1 at Montreal 1-0
New York 1-0 at Pittsburgh 0-1
Philadelphia at St Louis (2)
San Diego 0-1 at San Francisco 1-0
Houston 2-0 at Atlanta 0-1
Cincinnati 0-2 at Los Angeles 1-0

KANSAS CITY ROYALS (2-0) AT TEXAS RANGERS (0-2)
MATCHUPS
SP Roger Nelson vs Bill Gogolewski Advantage Kansas City
C Ed Kirkpatrick vs Dick Billings Advantage Kansas City
1B John Mayberry Sr vs Don Mincher Advantage Push
2B Cookie Rojas vs Ted Kubiak Advantage Kansas City
3B Paul Schaal vs Dave Nelson Advantage Kansas City
SS Freddie Patek vs Toby Harrah Advantage Kansas City
LF Lou Piniella vs Frank Howard Advantage Texas
CF Amos Otis vs Elliott Maddox Advantage Kansas City
RF Richie Scheinblum vs Jeff Burroughs Advantage Push
Overall Advantage Kansas City

In the bottom of the first, the Rangers loaded the bases with two out. Billings then brought all three home with a double for the Rangers first lead of the season.

In the top of the second, Rojas brought home a pair with a double. Patek then tied the game with an RBI single. A throwing error by Billings brought in the go-ahead run as the Royals batted around the order.

After three: Kansas City 4 Texas 3.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Rangers loaded the bases with two out. Nelson flew out to left to end the inning.

In the top of the fifth, Mike Paul took the mound for the Rangers with a runner on first and two out and he struck out Schaal to retire the side.

In the top of the sixth, Kirkpatrick hit an RBI double.

After six: Kansas City 5 Texas. 3.

Ted W Abernathy took the mound for the Royals in the bottom of the seventh.

In the top of the eighth, Paul Lindblad took the mound for the Rangers with a runner on first and nobody out. And he kept the deficit at two.

Tom Burgmeier came in to pitch for the Royals in the bottom of the eighth.

Jim Panther took the mound for the Rangers in the top of the ninth. Mayberry hit an RBI single.

The Rangers committed four errors in the loss.

Final score: Kansas City 6 Texas 3.

PLAYER OF THE GAME
Cookie Rojas 2 for 3, 2 2B, 2 RBI, R, BB

OTHER SCORES
AMERICAN LEAGUE
Detroit 8 Boston 1
New York 4 Baltimore 2 10 innings
Cleveland 5 Milwaukee 4
Chicago 5 Oakland 2
Minnesota 1 California 0

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Chicago 8 Montreal 0
Pittsburgh 5 New York 1
Philadelphia 2 St Louis 1 10 innings Game 1
St Louis 6 Philadelphia 0 Game 2
San Francisco 6 San Diego 0
Houston 4 Atlanta 3 13 innings
Los Angeles 5 Cincinnati 1

TOP PERFORMERS
1. Billy L Williams Chicago Cubs 3 for 4, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB

2. Burt Hooton Chicago Cubs 9.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, W

3. Rick Wise St Louis Cardinals 9.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, W

Jim Kaat of the Minnesota Twins and Sam McDowell of the San Francisco Giants each pitched a complete game shutout.

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