ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Carlos Pena is back in the major leagues with the team that drafted him in the first round quite a while ago.
The former Haverhill High great rejoined the Rangers yesterday, 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 it’s truly very special,” Pena said before last night’s game. “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.”
Pena played first base, batted sixth and went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts in last night’s loss to the Tigers.
Norris dazzles Portland
PORTLAND, Maine — On the day the announcement was made, Fisher Cats lefty Daniel Norris showed the Portland Sea Dogs (50-27) why he was named to the All-Star Futures Game.
In his second Double-A start, Norris struck out 10 to power the Fisher Cats (32-44) to a 5-1 win. He allowed just one run over 5.2 innings.
New Hampshire’s Kenny Wilson tripled to begin the game, and then scored on a groundout by Matt Newman for a 1-0 lead.
They added to the lead in the fourth with a three-run frame. The series and road trip will come to an end with the rubber game today then the Fisher Cats begin a five-game homestand on Thursday.
Tigers down Spinners
LOWELL — The Connecticut Tigers drummed out 14 hits en route to a 12-4 win over the Lowell Spinenrs last night at LeLacheur Park. The loss was the Spinners’ fourth straight.