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SURPRISE Tyler Anderson Jersey , Ariz. (AP) — n with his hometown Texas Rangers after going to spring training on a minor league contract.Manager Chris Woodward told Pence on Thursday that he will be on the 25-man roster as the team’s fourth outfielder when the Rangers open the regular season at home next Thursday against the Chicago Cubs.That means slimmed-down 24-year-old outfielder Willie Calhoun will start the season at Triple-A Nashville.Pence, a three-time All-Star who turns 36 on April 13, is a .280 career hitter in 12 big league seasons with Houston, Philadelphia and San Francisco. He was part of two World Series championships with the Giants.Pence was hitting .333 with three homers and seven RBIs in 40 spring training at-bats through Thursday. The right-hander was a better fit for the Rangers roster at this point. He will make $2 million while in the majors.“This is a really big deal, and it impacted me in a big way,” Pence said. “To be honest, the way I ended last year and how I played wasn’t good enough. I needed to get better and I put my mind to it. I’m extremely appreciative of this opportunity and it’s very special.”Pence dealt with a thumb injury early last season, when he played 97 games for San Francisco. He hit .226 with four homers and 24 RBIs, all career lows, before playing winter ball.He played at Arlington High School and then at the University of Texas-Arlington http://www.rockiesfanproshop.com/authentic-chad-bettis-jersey , only a few miles from the Rangers home stadium.Calhoun is a left-handed hitter, like slugging corner outfielders Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara, and designated hitter/outfielder Shin-Soo Choo. Delino DeShields, a right-hander, is expected to start in center.“He was not happy obviously, and rightfully so,” Woodward said of Calhoun, who came to camp after losing about 24 pounds during the offseason. “This will be a learning moment for him to see how mature he can handle the situation. It’s not an easy one. He has done everything we’ve asked.”Woodward previously was with the Dodgers. The Rangers got Calhoun from Los Angeles when they traded Yu Darvish during the 2017 season. BOSTON — Having rallied to win a game played in a playoff atmosphere on Friday, the Houston Astros bring Charlie Morton off the disabled list to start against the Boston Red Sox in the second game of a three-game series at Fenway Park Saturday.The defending world champions could do nothing against David Price, but scored three runs in the seventh inning and three more in the eighth to win their sixth straight and end Boston’s five-game winning streak in the opener of a series that could be repeated in the postseason.The game had a playoff feel to it as the fan intensity was increased by the presence of a large number of Houston fans proudly wearing their orange and battling with the locals all night.Article continues below ...Asked after the game if it was special getting a road win against a very good team http://www.rockiesfanproshop.com/authentic-chad-bettis-jersey , Houston manager AJ Hinch, whose team is 3 1/2 games ahead of the Oakland A’s in the American League West, said, “Special? It’s just another win. It really is just another win. We’re chasing down a division title. Special? It’s nice to win in the big leagues, but nothing more than a game in September.”Now Hinch sends Morton, who has been out with right shoulder discomfort, and his 13-3 record and 3.14 ERA out to face Boston’s Eduardo Rodriguez, who comes in 12-3 with a 3.34 ERA.Morton is 2-1 with a 4.60 ERA in three career starts against the Red Sox, but that loss came June 3 at Houston when Boston reached him for six runs, including two home runs Wade Davis Jersey , in 5 1/3 innings. That was his first loss of the season after a 7-0 start.He is 1-0 in one career start at Fenway.Rodriguez, who came off the disabled list (sprained ankle) Sept. 1, has allowed just one run on 13 hits in 22 2/3 innings over his last four starts. He came off the DL with 12 strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings, defeating the Chicago White Sox last Saturday.The left-hander is 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA in two career starts against the Astros.Price, who missed a start after getting hit on the left wrist with a line drive, was masterful, striking out 10 in 6 1/3 innings Friday. But Ryan Brasier quickly surrendered the lead in the seventh. The Red Sox re-tied the game before the Astros scored three in the eighth off Joe Kelly to go to 13-4 in their last 17 road games. They are a major league-best 48-21 on the road.“I felt good,” Price said when asked about being pulled with two runners on base in the seventh. “I’m never going to take myself out of a game. I didn’t get the job done. If I don’t want to come out in that situation, don’t have anyone on base and just go out there and pitch better.”Red Sox hitters have some impressive numbers against Morton. Mitch Moreland is 3-for-4 (.750) with a home run, Steve Pearce is 4-for-7 (.571) http://www.rockiesfanproshop.com/authentic-chad-bettis-jersey , Ian Kinsler 3-for-7 (.429), Andrew Benintendi 2-for-5 (.400), Xander Bogaerts 3-for-9 (.333) and new arrival Brandon Phillips 13-for-43 (.302). J.D. Martinez is 2-for-9 (.222).The current Astros have just 30 at-bats against Rodriguez, but Carlos Correa and Marwin Gonzalez are each 3-for-3. Overall, the current roster is a combined 12-for-30 (.400) with a homer and six RBIs against the veteran left-hander.Gonzalez, out with right oblique discomfort, is expected to return Saturday, while Hector Rondon, hit on the right hand with a comebacker earlier in the week, pitched Friday night.Lance McCullers Adam Ottavino Jersey , on the disabled list for the last month with a right elbow problem, is expected to throw a bullpen Saturday en route to a return. When he comes back, he is slated to go to the bullpen.The news wasn’t as good for the Red Sox, who announced Dustin Pedroia underwent another knee operation in July and is officially done for the season. That was the indication when Boston acquired Ian Kinsler, but there was no word on the new surgery.The Red Sox were also without reliever Matt Barnes Friday night. The righty is dealing with left hip inflammation and had an MRI Thursday.

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