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Jeff Pearlman
May 20, 2002
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May 20, 2002

In The Box

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May 10

Until recently Arlington, Texas, was the American League city where you were most likely to witness a long, ugly game, because the Rangers' roster was largely constructed of hitters who could hammer the ball and pitchers who got hammered. So while Texas's victory over Detroit might seem to have been just another ho-hum game between two mediocre teams, it was significant because it was a rare pitchers' duel at The Ballpark in Arlington. Even better, the game only lasted two hours, 20 minutes.

For the first time in seven games neither the Rangers nor their opponent hit a homer. Instead the story was Texas starter Kenny Rogers and closer Hideki Irabu combining to beat righthander Jeff Weaver while holding the Tigers to eight hits, striking out seven and walking one. It was the seventh time in eight starts that ace lefthander Rogers (4-1, 2.60 ERA) allowed two or fewer earned runs, and the 41,969 fans made it home in time for the 10 o'clock news.