2:05 PM ET, April 6, 2009
Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Arlington, Texas
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers owner Tom Hicks celebrates Opening Day almost like Christmas, complete with a family dinner the night before. This year's festivities included some "pretty optimistic" talk that he joked may only have been partly caused by the wine.
• The Rangers ended their streak of five consecutive losses on Opening Day, which had been the longest active streak in the majors.
• The Indians opened the season against a team other than the White Sox for the first time since 2004, when they opened against the Twins. They opened against the Rangers for the first time since 1995.
• Cliff Lee lost his first career start on Opening Day. The Cleveland starter fell to 12-3 in his career in the month of April (he went 5-0 in April 2008).
• Kevin Millwood improved to 2-4 in six career Opening Day starts.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Cleveland has lost five of its last seven openers. ... The Rangers are 19-19 in home openers since moving to Texas, 7-9 at Rangers Ballpark. ... Former president George W. Bush threw the ceremonial first pitch, a high strike. ... Millwood is the first Rangers pitcher to start four straight openers. Ryan and Charlie Hough both started three in a row. Millwood had lost his first three. ... Two rows of luxury seats were added closer to home plate as part of $4 million in offseason improvements at Rangers Ballpark. There were at least two foul pops in those areas that likely would have been outs in the past.
Regular Season Series
|Texas leads 8-1 (as of Mon 4/6)|
|» Mon 4/6||@TEX 9, CLE 1||Box Score|
|Wed 4/8||@TEX 8, CLE 5||Recap|
|Thu 4/9||@TEX 12, CLE 8||Recap|
|Tue 8/11||@CLE 5, TEX 0||Recap|
|Wed 8/12||TEX 5, @CLE 0||Recap|
|Thu 8/13||TEX 4, @CLE 1||Recap|
|Tue 9/8||TEX 11, @CLE 9||Recap|
|Tue 9/8||TEX 10, @CLE 5||Recap|
|Wed 9/9||TEX 10, @CLE 0||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Indians | Rangers|
|2nd||J Saltalamacchia singled to right, H Blalock and M Byrd scored.||0||2|
|2nd||I Kinsler singled to shallow left center, J Saltalamacchia and E Andrus scored.||0||4|
|5th||H Blalock homered to right, J Hamilton and N Cruz scored.||0||7|
|7th||T Hafner scored, S Choo to second on wild pitch by K Millwood.||1||7|
|8th||J Saltalamacchia homered to left center.||1||8|
|8th||M Young singled to center, I Kinsler scored.||1||9|
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|Stadium||Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Arlington, TX|
|Attendance||49,916 (103.6% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||49 degrees, sunny|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Jerry Crawford, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Ed Hickox|