Rosario leads Indians into opener vs. Rangers

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24 Aug 2021, 11:40 GMT+10

Amed Rosario has been 1 of Major League Baseball's astir accordant hitters since returning from the All-Star break.

Rosario aims to proceed his bully luck connected Tuesday arsenic the Cleveland Indians big the Texas Rangers successful the opener of a three-game series.

The 25-year-old belted a two-run homer successful the Indians' 3-0 triumph implicit the Los Angeles Angels connected Sunday successful the Little League Classic astatine Williamsport, Pa. Rosario has deed safely successful 23 of his past 26 games, batting .369 with 15 extra-base hits and 16 RBIs during that stretch.

"He's had an absorbing twelvemonth successful a sense, but I deliberation erstwhile helium got comfortable, Tito (manager Terry Francona) enactment him successful that 2-slot and conscionable near him there," Cleveland interim manager DeMarlo Hale said. "I deliberation he's conscionable gotten comfy and he's played the crippled for a fig of years astatine this level. So, it's thing astonishing for me, but I deliberation he's comfy and he's playing the crippled astatine a definite level that we expect."

Rosario went 8-for-12 with 2 homers, 4 RBIs and 5 runs scored arsenic the Indians completed an emphatic three-game expanse implicit the weekend. They outscored the Angels by a 17-2 margin.

Jose Ramirez went 0-for-4 connected Sunday aft going 13-for-36 with 10 extra-base hits, 4 homers, 11 RBIs and 8 runs scored successful his erstwhile 8 games.

"It's bully to spot him starting to travel connected again," Hale said of Ramirez, who leads the squad successful homers (29) and RBIs (79).

Cleveland volition bid for its archetypal four-game winning streak since posting a four-game expanse of the Baltimore Orioles from June 14-17.

Indians rookie right-hander Eli Morgan (2-5, 5.80 ERA) volition instrumentality the mound connected Tuesday looking to provender disconnected an awesome show successful his past start.

Morgan, 25, scattered 3 hits and struck retired 8 implicit six scoreless innings successful a 3-1 triumph implicit the Minnesota Twins past Tuesday. The triumph was his archetypal since June 28, erstwhile helium recorded his archetypal large league victory.

Morgan has yet to look the Rangers successful his career.

Texas enters the bid mired successful a brutal tailspin, having mislaid 14 of its past 18 wide and 18 of its past 20 connected the road.

The Rangers' latest nonaccomplishment was a heartbreaker, arsenic they rallied to forge a necktie successful the ninth and pulled up successful the 10th earlier dropping an 8-4 determination successful 11 innings against the Boston Red Sox.

Texas was forced to shuffle the platform anterior to the crippled by placing right-handers Drew Anderson and Mike Foltynewicz arsenic good arsenic infielder Brock Holt connected the COVID-19 injured list. Third baseman Charlie Culberson was placed connected that database Friday.

"We person players who are successful the COVID protocols close now," Rangers wide manager Chris Young said. "And certainly, it's a concern that we're trying to negociate arsenic proactively arsenic we can. That said, we presume this is simply a Delta variant, and it is strong. So portion we person vaccinated players, and respective unvaccinated arsenic well, we privation to support everybody conscionable the same.

"We're going to effort to enactment done the concern arsenic good arsenic we perchance can, and we'll beryllium prepared to marque further roster moves if indispensable to tract a squad for our games successful Cleveland and coming location this weekend."

Rangers left-hander Taylor Hearn (2-4, 3.97) volition look the Indians for the archetypal clip successful his career.

Hearn, 26, yielded 2 runs connected 5 hits successful 5 innings of a 3-1 setback versus the Seattle Mariners past Tuesday.

--Field Level Media

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