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Smolinski Scorching in First Shot



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    Jake Smolinski #20 of the Texas Rangers hits a RBI double off of relief pitcher Josh Zeid #61 of the Houston Astros for his first Major League hit in the bottom of the seventh inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 8, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

    Just a couple of weeks ago, Jake Smolinski was a 25-year-old prospect in Double-A Frisco.

    Between then and now, Smolinski has been promoted to Triple-A Round Rock and then to Arlington earlier this week when the Rangers shuffled their roster, DFAing Donnie Murphy and sending MIchael Choice to Round Rock.

    In his first big-league start Tuesday, Smolinski had his first big-league hit — an RBI double — and then had another hit after that. He was moved up in the order to the No. 5 spot, which tells you all you need to know about the current state of the Rangers lineup, on Wednesday night and had three singles in his first three at-bats.

    With Shin-Soo Choo still battling a sore ankle, Smolinski will surely be seeing more time in left field, whether he's playing well or not. Good thing for the Rangers is, he's hitting the ball.