Ted Kubiak lives in Rangers infamy after David Murphy snapped an 0-for-23 skid to start the season with an opposite-field home run to start the fifth inning. Kubiak started the 1972 season 0-for-25. Only minutes early, Murphy had thrown out Luke Scott at the plate from left field to end the fourth.
Murphy was greated at the dugout by a high-fives from just about everyone and a big hug from manager Ron Washington. Murphy later came over to hug hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo. The home run must have made everyone feel good, because Michael Young followed with a double, Hank Blalock hit a two-run homer and Marlon Byrd and Nelson Cruz scratched out infield singles in the next four at-bats before Brad Bergesen was replaced by Danys Baez. It’s 5-1 Rangers with no outs in the fifth.