Touch 'Em All: Phenom alert: Rangers teen homers in first AB

Posted: September 03, 2012

Today's phenom-of-the-day item focuses on one Jurickson Profar, the Rangers' top prospect and No. 4 overall prospect in the game, according to MLB.com.

Young Profar, batting ninth in the lineup, launched a 2-1 pitch from Cleveland's Zach McAllister some 388 feet over the right-field wall for a homer in his first MLB at-bat, becoming the first Ranger to do so.

At 19 years and 195 days old, Profar also is the youngest player to hit a home run in the majors since Adrian Beltre did it in 1998 with the Dodgers. Beltre was 19 years and 171 days old at the time.

Finally, Profar, who was called up Saturday from the Frisco (Texas) RoughRiders and started at second base because Ian Kinsler had stiffness in his lower back, became the first teenager to start for the Rangers since Ivan Rodriguez did it in 1991.

Wolf at the gate

We certainly didn't see this coming, but we're pretty sure the Wolf Pack alumni could've predicted it.

The Orioles, on the brink of making their first postseason in 15 years, beat the Yankees, 8-3, Sunday to take the three-game series in New York. That in itself was not surprising since Baltimore has been making noises all season. What was surprising was one of the heroes of the game: former Philly fave Randy Wolf.

Making his Orioles debut after starter Chris Tillman went down early with right elbow stiffness, Wolf started the fourth inning with the Yanks ahead by 2-0 and held the Evil Empire at bay enough for his offense to take over.

For the record, Wolf gave up one run over 31/3 innings and was credited with the win to improve to 4-10.

Hurt locker

Good news on the injury front for division-leading Cincinnati and New York:

First, Reds first baseman and former MVP Joey Votto, who had arthroscopic surgery July 17 to repair torn cartilage in his left knee, likely will rejoin the lineup Monday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported on Sunday.

Second, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said there is a "good chance" slugger Alex Rodriguez will return from the DL Monday, in time to take on the Rays. The Yankees are 18-17 since Rodriguez broke his left hand July 24 against the Mariners.


This article contains information from Inquirer wire services.

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