RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME: Texas Rangers slugger Adrian Beltre tied the score by hitting an RBI double in the seventh, then brought home Shin-Soo Choo with a game-ending single in the ninth to key a 3-2 victory against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.
The Rangers also were helped by a video review that saved them a run when umpires overturned a call at second base during a rally by the Phillies in the sixth. Rangers skipper Ron Washington made the right call to object after it appeared to him that Philly's Ben Revere had been picked off second base.
Washington asked for the review, which showed second baseman Donnie Murphy's glove on Revere's back as he caught the ball before a diving Revere's hand was back on the bag.
"From my vantage point, I thought he had him, really,'' Washington said.
Washington was right from the dugout. The play, discussion and challenge took about 3 minutes.
''The system worked today,'' Beltre said.
BRAD MILLER GOES DEEP TWICE — AGAIN
The Mariners are 2-0 (!) with the help of right-hander Erasmo Ramirez, who allowed two runs and six hits over seven innings. Slugger Justin Smoak had another big day, clearing the bases with a three-run double in the third inning. Angels lefty C.J. Wilson walked Robinson Cano intentionally to load the bases for Smoak, who makes considerably less than $240 million.
''No doubt. Why wouldn't you?'' Smoak said of the Angels' strategy in pitching around Cano. ''There's a reason why you do it, but we're all going to have to get big hits with guys on base this season.''
The Mariners have scored 18 runs in two games. Mike Trout went 0 for 3 for the Angels.
BRIAN WILSON TO DL: Wilson, who imploded Sunday night in the domestic opener for the Los Angeles Dodgers, has nerve irritation in his right elbow. An MRI showed no damage to the ligament, manager Don Mattingly said, but Wilson will be shelved for an indefinite period. Wilson signed a one-year deal with a player option for a second during the offseason that could be worth $19 million.
THE MARLINS ARE 2-0: Getting a strong performance by right-hander Nate Eovaldi, the Miami Marlins improved to 2-0 after beating the Colorado Rockies 4-3. Eovaldi allowed two runs over six innings and Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit an RBI double to kick off the scoring. The Marlins started the 2013 season 14-41 on the way to a 100-loss season.
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