Texas outfielder David Murphy seemed to be more effective against Boston's bats than any Rangers pitcher on Tuesday night.
With Boston leading 17-5 in the eighth, Rangers manager Ron Washington allowed outfielder David Murphy to pitch. The result was the only scoreless inning for Texas.
Murphy began the inning by retiring Boston outfielder Mike Carp on a 67-mph breaking ball. After making recording his first major league strikeout, all Murphy could do was laugh. According to MLB.com, he hadn't pitched since high school.
"I was just trying to give the bullpen a breather and trying to get through the inning without getting hurt, honestly," Murphy told reporters. "It was fun, and it will be fun to look back on it some day."
Murphy threw 12 strikes on 20 pitches in the sixth appearance by a position player in the club's history, per the Star-Telegram.
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