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April 1, 2014

Rangers fall in opening day shootout

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ARLINGTON, Texas —

Rollins made his 14th straight opening-day start for the Phillies, matching Cal Ripken Jr.’s major league record with Baltimore for the most consecutive seasons starting at shortstop for the same franchise.

With his 200th career homer, the Phillies’ starting shortstop since 2001 became the 19th player in major league history with at least 400 doubles, 100 triples and 200 homers.

Shin-Soo Choo and Prince Fielder, the big additions for the Rangers after they missed the playoffs last season for the first time in four years, were a combined 1-for-9. Fielder singled and scored on the Rios homer.

Notes: Josh Wilson, the journeyman starting at second base for Texas in place of injured Jurickson Profar, had a three-run double. ... It was the earliest interleague game in MLB history. ... The front-row seat by the Rangers dugout where Nolan Ryan used to sit was occupied by former Rangers and Phillies player Michael Young, who retired during the offseason. ... The national anthem was performed by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, 20 years after they accompanied the late Van Cliburn, an award-winning classical pianist who lived in Fort Worth, for a stirring rendition before the first regular-season game ever played at the stadium. ... Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt holds the Phillies record for consecutive starts on opening day with 16 (1974-89).

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