ARLINGTON, Texas -- There were plenty of debuts Friday afternoon at the ballpark and Adrian Beltre, the new third baseman, was the most prominent.
The Rangers' prized free-agent acquisition in the offseason went 1-for-4 with a run scored in Texas' victory.
"You always feel a little butterflies in the first inning, that first at-bat, but that's it" he said. "After that, it's just another game."
Beltre's first hit came on a single to left in the fourth inning. He later scored when Mike Napoli, another player making his Rangers debut, hit a three-run homer.
Beltre grounded out, flew out to right twice and walked.
One thing he was impressed with was the power in the Rangers lineup. For the game, the Rangers had 10 hits, with only Michael Young failing to collect a base knock.
The Rangers hit three home runs and knocked out Boston ace Jon Lester in the sixth inning. They also beat up on solid reliever Daniel Bard. He allowed a career-high four runs in two-thirds of an inning of work.
"That’s the good thing about this lineup, we know any deficit we can come back [from]," Beltre said. "We know that and hopefully our confidence builds. We’re going to have to do it and there are a lot of teams that have really good staffs, and Boston is one of them. But we have to face these guys and do what we did today."