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Former Sox farmhand David Murphy bites former team in opener

When David Murphy was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft out of Baylor University, he was considered a fine catch at the time. As he developed his skills in the Sox farm system, management was delighted with his progress and saw good things coming for the future outfielder.

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At the trade deadline during the 2007 season, the Sox had an opportunity to grab former closer Eric Gagne from the Texas Rangers. However, the Rangers were insistent that Murphy was included in the deal. The Sox relented, and while Gagne’s career in Boston was a whitewash, Murphy has shined during his 3 1/2 seasons in Texas, and quickly became a fan favorite.

When Murphy was introduced as a pinch hitter during the bottom of the eighth inning in yesterday’s Opening Day game between the Sox and Rangers, he was greeted to a thunderous ovation from the sellout crowd at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Stepping in against Sox setup man Daniel Bard, with two runners on and the scored tied at 5-5, Murphy laced a line drive down the left field that hit the chalk and rolled all the way to the wall, scoring two runs in what proved to be the game-winning hit.

Murphy had pinch-hit for Julio Borbon, and now the controversy will begin in Texas as to why Borbon is even in the starting lineup. Rangers manager Ron Washington has stated that he wanted Borbon in center and reigning AL MVP Josh Hamilton in left, in order to save Hamilton wear and tear on his knees.

Bard implodes in 8th, Sox drop opener to Texas Rangers

The Boston Red Sox, playing their Opening Day game with a heavy heart after learning of the death of long-time Sox executive Lou Gorman, allowed the Texas Rangers to score four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, losing to the Rangers, 9-5.

Setup man Daniel Bard entered the game in the bottom of the eighth for the Sox, after, designated hitter David Ortiz homered off Texas pitcher Darren Oliver to tie the game at 5-5.

However, after Bard got Nelson Cruz to fly out to right field, Bard walked Mike Napoli and allowed a single to catcher Yorvit Torrealba.

David Murphy, pinch hitting for Julio Borbon and a big fan favorite in Texas, then laced a double down the left field line, scoring both Napoli and Torrealba.

The Rangers weren’t done quite yet. After Ian Kinsler struck out, Elvis Andrus followed with a double to right-center, scoring Murphy, and Josh Hamilton, last year’s American League MVP who had struggled at the plate up to that point, also doubled, scoring Andrus and ending Bard’s disastrous outing.

The Sox started the game with two unearned runs off C.J. Wilson courtesy of a Julio Borbon error, when he inexplicably bumped into right fielder Nelson Cruz on a routine fly to right, causing Cruz to drop the ball. The Sox capitalized when Kevin Youkilis doubled off the right field wall, scoring Ellsbury, and Adrian Gonzalez followed with his first hit as a member of the Sox, singling to right field to score Youkilis. Gonzalez was thrown out on the play when he tried to stretch his single into a double.