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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Carlos Pena is back in the major leagues with the team that draft
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Carlos Pena is back in the major leagues with the team that drafted him in the first round quite a while ago. Luis Gonzalez Diamondbacks Jersey . Pena rejoined the Rangers on Tuesday, a week after signing a minor league deal and going to Triple-A Round Rock, and 13 years after making his major league debut with Texas. He was the 10th overall pick in 1998. "God is good, man. Here I am, where it all started for me and its truly very special," Pena said the home series opener against Detroit on Tuesday night, when he was batting sixth and playing first base. "Just to think back where it all started. ... This is crazy. I was looking at a picture I had of my first at-bat ever and it was with a Rangers uniform. My wife sent it to me this morning." The Rangers designated first baseman/outfielder Brad Snyder for assignment when they purchased the 36-year-old Penas contract from Round Rock. Since losing Prince Fielder and Mitch Moreland to season-ending injuries, Snyder was splitting time at first base with Donnie Murphy. Neither Snyder nor Murphy had played first base in the major leagues before this season. "We just brought in a first baseman to play first base, and he has a presence," manager Ron Washington said. "He may be a little older, but he has presence. Throw something in the wrong spot, and he will hurt you. He knows how to play around that bag. He knows what to do, he knows where to be. Its second nature to him." In seven games at Round Rock, Pena hit .333 (8 for 24) with one home run. The only person to go longer between games for the Rangers was Sammy Sosa, who made his major league debut for Texas in 1989 and then played his final season there in 2007. Fielder had a cervical fusion of the C5 and C6 disks in his neck last month. Moreland had ligament reconstructive surgery and bone realignment in his left ankle Monday, and the team said he went home to Mississippi. Fielder and Moreland are expected to be ready for spring training next season. After playing 22 games for the Rangers, Pena was traded to Oakland that winter. He has also played for Detroit, Boston, Tampa Bay, the Chicago Cubs, Houston and Kansas City. He was an All-Star in 2009 with Tampa Bay, when he had an AL-high 39 homers. Pena went to spring training with the Los Angeles Angels, but was released March 23 after hitting .139 in 20 spring games. "I was training. I was staying ready. I had faith that something was going to happen," he said. "At the same time, I didnt want to force it. I wanted to make sure it was right and it was the right spot, the right situation." Jake Lamb Jersey . -- Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu will be the Dodgers starting pitchers in their two-game season-opening series in Australia against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Jarrod Dyson Diamondbacks Jersey . -- Jake Peavy arrived at Bostons spring training complex on Monday with a large white bandage covering his left index finger, the result of a weekend accident. http://www.diamondbacksteamproshop.com/d...as-jersey/ . The 90-plus minutes of play are about trends and approach.PHILADELPHIA -- Jose Reyes hit a leadoff homer, J.A. Happ tossed three-hit ball over five innings and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-0 on Monday night. Facing his former team, Happ (1-0) walked four and pitched out of trouble often in his first start of the season. The left-hander was filling in for injured righty Brendan Morrow. Four relievers finished off the seven-hitter. Kyle Kendrick (0-3) lost his eighth straight decision, dating to last season. He gave up three runs and seven hits in seven innings. The Phillies failed to go two games above .500 for the first time since Oct. 1, 2012. They are 0-4 in those situations this season. A video review in the eighth inning cost Marlon Byrd an infield single after replay officials overturned a close call at first. Reyes charged the slow roller, barehanded it and his one-hop throw was in time to get Byrd. Reyes hit his 19th career leadoff homer to give the Blue Jays the lead. Melky Cabrera followed with a single and scored on Juan Franciscos bloop single to left with two outs. Josh Tholes RBI double to left-centre made it 3-0 in the second. Byrd greeted reliever Esmil Rogers with a triple to start Philadelphias sixth. But Byrd was thrown out by right fielder Jose Bautista trying to score on Ryan Howards fly out. A video review confirmed the call. Side-winding lefty Aaron Loup struck out three batters in the seventh, including Chase Utley to strand two runners. Brett Cecil workked the ninth for his second save. A. J. Pollock Diamondbacks Jersey. Jimmy Rollins wasnt in Philadelphias starting lineup because he tweaked his right groin in Sundays 1-0 win over Washington. Freddy Galvis filled in for him and snapped an 0-for-24 slump with a line-drive single to right in the third. Rollins popped out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth. Happ made his first appearance since April 23. He pitched out of the bullpen three times after starting the season on the disabled list because of a back injury. Happ was 12-4 with a 2.93 ERA and finished second in NL Rookie of the Year voting for the NL champion Phillies in 2009. He was traded along with two minor-leaguers to Houston for Roy Oswalt on July 29, 2010. NOTES: Bautista was hit by a pitch in the seventh inning, extending his streak to 32 games reaching safely. ... Blue Jays 2B Brett Lawrie left the game in the fourth inning because of tightness in his right hamstring. Hes day to day. ... Reyes has three homers in 36 at-bats against Kendrick. Reyes has more hits (181) against the Phillies than any current major leaguer. ... Phillies LHP Jake Diekman caught an infield popup in the eighth inning, calling off SS Galvis and C Carlos Ruiz. ... Galvis hitless streak was the longest by a Phillies position player since Ruiz went 0 for 26 in 2011. ... LHP Cole Hamels (0-2, 6.75) makes his third start of the season on Tuesday night against Toronto RHP Drew Hutchison (1-2, 3.82). Hamels was pushed back two days because of the flu. Wholesale NFL T-shirts Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping NFL Jerseys Wholesale China NFL Gear Wholesale NFL Camo Jerseys Cheap NFL Hoodies Camo China NFL Jerseys ' ' '
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