White Sox Rangers Baseball

Left-hander Cole Ragans and catcher Jordan Heim walk to the infield. Ragans and Bubba Thompson, who were the Rangers' 2016 and 2017 first-round picks, respectively, both debuted Thursday night in the team's win over the Chicago White Sox.

ARLINGTON (AP) — Meibrys Viloria had a tiebreaking pinch-hit single in the seventh inning and Texas beat the Chicago White Sox 3-2 on Thursday night, when the Rangers became the first team since 1986 to have two of its first-round picks make their big league debuts as starters in the same game.

Left-hander Cole Ragans, who twice had Tommy John surgery after being their first-round pick in 2016, allowed one unearned run over five innings in his debut. Bubba Thompson, the team’s first pick in 2017, was 1 for 3 with a bunt single in his first big league game.

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Mitch Lucas is the sports editor for the Kilgore News Herald, and has been since June 1, 2002.

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