With Smyly’s untimely exit, San Francisco has now gone its initial nine games without a starting pitcher completing five innings, the longest such streak to start a season in major league history, according to STATS.
Brothers Scott and Tyler Heineman walked out to home plate from opposite dugouts and represented the Rangers and Giants to confirm the lineup cards, then posed for a photo with the umpires.
Scott homered in the Texas ninth and his brother watched him round the bases. Tyler doubled in the eighth.
Rangers: OF-INF Danny Santana missed his third straight game with tightness in his forearm near the elbow, a concerning issue that will have the Rangers be extra cautious and he is unlikely to throw for about a week. He was available as a left-handed hitter off the bench and to pinch run but can’t play defense. The Rangers have discussed placing him on the injured list. “It definitely has been brought up but I don’t think we’re ready to make that decision just yet,” Woodward said. … “He says he feels pretty good but we’re still going to be careful with it.”
Giants: OF prospect Hunter Bishop, who tested positive for the coronavirus before camp resumed, is close to ready to return. He posted on Twitter: “I’m completely healthy and strong! Obviously the protocols and testing are what is limiting from stepping foot on the field — but I’m all about safety and the health of the players present. Hopefully back ASAP.” Kapler added no specifics other than: “Hunter said it all. The ASAP that he put out there is really well said.”
Giants C Rob Brantly cleared waivers and was outrighted to the club’s San Jose alternate site.
LHP Kolby Allard (0-0) makes his first 2020 appearance pitching the series finale Sunday for the Rangers while the Giants didn’t announce a starter.
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