New Jersey native Jack Leiter makes pitching debut for Rangers as they beat Tigers 9-7

The game marked the major league debut of Texas starter Jack Leiter, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 draft.

Associated Press

Apr 19, 2024, 12:01 PM

Updated 36 days ago

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Leody Taveras scored the winning run on a fielder’s choice in the eighth inning and added an RBI single in the ninth to lead the Texas Rangers to a 9-7 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday.
Taveras doubled with one out advanced to third on Marcus Semien’s fielder’s choice grounder and scored on Corey Seager’s grounder that broke a 7-all tie. Taveras added an insurce run with a two-out hit in the ninth.
Jose Leclerc (1-2) got the win in relief for Texas, which won three out of four games in Detroit. Kirby Yates, who picked up the win on Wednesday, earned his second save with a perfect ninth innning.
Shelby Miller (3-2), the fifth of six Detroit pitchers, took the loss for the second day in row.
The game marked the major league debut of Texas starter Jack Leiter, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 draft. He was brought up from Triple A Round Rock, where he was 1-1 with 25 strikeouts and three walks in 14 innings over three appearances.
He is the son of Al Leiter, who won 162 games in 19 major-league seasons.
Jack Leiter got off to a strong start, catching leadoff hitter Riley Greene looking for his first strikeout.


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