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Solak contributes in Rangers' 8-7 walk-off win against Angels

Jeff Wilson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

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Willie Calhoun, who has taken the biggest bite out of Pence's playing time, homered to open the scoring. Pence singled home two in the seventh to move the Rangers within one run, Shin-Soo tied it with a single in the ninth, and Pence won it with a single in the ninth.

Minor opened with three scoreless innings before the Angels caught up to him. They scored twice in the second and fifth to erase deficits of 2-0 and 4-2, and added three more (two earned) to open a 7-4 lead.

Minor, who lasted 5 2/3 innings, and Lynn could lose only one start from their projected pace, and neither sees that as the end of the world. They might also see their in-game workloads reduced in an effort to keep them healthy for the offseason and the 2020 campaign.

The Rangers are flirting with using a six-man rotation in September, primarily so that Joe Palumbo can log more big league time, if the blister on his left thumb heals in time. Brock Burke, who tossed six scoreless innings Tuesday night in his MLB debut, will stay in the rotation and start Sunday.

The Rangers also bumped fellow left-hander Yohander Mendez to Triple-A Nashville to continue his rehab from a spring elbow injury. Mendez, on the 60-day injured list, is a candidate for a September start.

Woodward said that Jonathan Hernandez, recalled Tuesday to work out of the bullpen, could also get the chance to start. Hernandez made his MLB debut in the seventh inning, becoming the third Rangers player in two days to do that.

 

A few more MLB debuts are possible before the rest of the season, primarily on the pitching side. Either way, veterans used to the lion's share of the playing time might have to spare a few games for the youth movement.

"Anytime we've had an extra man on the roster, position player-wise, I've also told them I need them all to be patient if they're not playing every day," Woodward said. "And there's a reason why. If one guy says, 'I want to play,' the other guy is saying the same thing. I can't make everybody happy. They've been awesome this year as far as understanding that."

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