Smolinski got the start in left field while batting eighth in the lineup. He struck out in his first two at bats. But in the seventh inning he belted a deep double to drive in a run. In the ninth inning he added a single giving him a 2-for-4 night at the plate.
Smolinski told reporters in Texas earlier Tuesday, “I’m just kind of at a loss for words. It’s exciting. It’s your dream. You never really expect it, but it’s everything you work for.”
The Rangers lost to the Astros 8-3. The Rangers will host the Astros again Wednesday night. Smolinski's parents will be in attendance in Arlington for that game.
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