ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Shin-Soo Choo sat on opening day and wasn’t happy about not being in rookie Texas manager Chris Woodward’s first lineup.
The only All-Star for the Rangers in 2018 said he still thought of himself as an everyday player. The 36-year-old from South Korea has been showing it, too.
Choo delivered a tiebreaking two-run triple while reaching base his first three times from the leadoff spot, and the Rangers finished a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels with a 5-4 victory Wednesday night.
“I think after that happened I think good for me, good for Woody,” said Choo, referring to a 30-minute conversation they had that day in late March. “You know each other better. So now we have more respect. Better communication.”
Texas closer Jose Leclerc earned his fifth save in six chances despite loading the bases with no outs with a two-run lead in the ninth, capped by hitting Mike Trout with a pitch.
“I know it was a ball and I’m not the type of person that’s going to make a scene like that,” Bour said. “I never have been thrown out of a game. It was a ball, plain and simple, just frustrated. Obviously, could have lost the game.”