Gallardo Rebounds Nicely in Home Debut

Yovani Gallardo couldn't get into the fifth inning of his Rangers debut last week in Oakland as he taxed the bullpen when he is supposed to be a guy that gives you a lot of innings.

On Saturday night in his home debut, the Fort Worth native was sharper against the Astros and had a much better showing for himself in front of friends in family.

Gallardo still didn't pitch incredibly deep into the game — last 5 2/3 innings — but he struck out seven and scattered eight harmless hits while throwing 90 pitches, with 61 of those going for strikes. It was a much more efficient rate than his 51 strikes in 89 pitches in Oakland.

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"Overall, my command was just good the whole game," Gallardo told reporters after the game.

It was a nice relief for the Rangers fans a day after they learned they lost Derek Holland for at least two months, as Gallardo is a big-name guy the Rangers traded for to serve as a No. 3 starter but is suddenly hoping to be the team's ace.

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