Astros Set Strikeout Record, Rangers Win Again
The good news for the Houston Astros is that they will win more games than injured Johan Santana, who is one of three players being paid more than their whole team, they can no longer be the only sixth place team in baseball now that they have moved to the 5-team AL West, and they had three more hits Wednesday than they did in the near perfect game thrown against them Tuesday. The rest is bad for the team with a $24 million payroll (see all teams below) that was shut out by Texas again Wednesday.
Other than that, this looks like a team set on losing another 100 games. The team with the $24 million payroll set a record Wednesday by striking out 43 times in the first three games of a season.
Lance Berkman, who played on the only Astros team to make a World Series, doubled in a run to give Alexi Ogando the only run he needed, but the Rangers added three more to win 4-0.
Nelson Cruz and A.J. Pierzynski had two hits apiece and drove in a run each for the Rangers.
Ogando followed up on Yu Darvish's near perfect game Monday by making the Rangers the third team in the Majors to register their second win, 4-0.
"(The near perfect game) was a spectacular game, and it certainly motivated me to pitch well today," Ogando told the AP in Spanish through a translator.
For the entire AP story on the game, click here.
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