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The Texas Rangers make some Opening Day history

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It’s Opening Day for many teams. However, the Texas Rangers’ bats didn’t really answer the bell against the Seattle Mariners today. They mustered just one hit against Felix Hernandez and Mike Montgomery. But that’s OK, because they also got the win, 3-2.

How? It was all thanks to a wholly confounding fifth inning from the M’s as Hernandez (two walks) and their defense (two errors) heavily contributed to three runs. The Rangers’ lone hit of the game, a single by Prince Fielder, drove in the tying run — and the only earned run.

With the win, the Rangers became the first team in MLB history to win an Opening Day contest with just one hit. No team has won an opener with fewer than three hits since 1986.

On the bright side for Seattle, Robinson Cano smashed a solo shot in his first at bat of the year. That matches Cano’s home run total through his first 47 games last year.

Welcome back, baseball. Welcome back, you and all of the crazy little things you bring us every day.

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