ARLINGTON, Texas -- It took 17 games this season for Jim Adduci to finally see his name in the starting lineup.
When the chance came, the 28-year-old outfielder was ready. In five plate appearances, Adduci had three hits (including a double), scored twice and had an RBI.
"I feel like when my time is called, I’m ready to go," Adduci said. "My thinking was to go out there and have fun."
Adduci produced the second run in the Rangers’ 12-0 win over the Chicago White Sox Friday night with an infield groundout in the first inning. He followed with singles in the third and fourth innings and a double in the sixth.
Adduci entered the game as the only Rangers position player without a start, but he had produced when given the chance. In eight at-bats going into Friday, he had three hits for a .375 batting average. After Friday, that average is up to .462.
Manager Ron Washington, who seems to have a knack for knowing when to tap a reserve, said it had been on his mind for a while to start Adduci.
"He needs to play," the manager said before the game. "We need to get him out there."
The 34-year-old Lewis allowed eight hits and four runs (three earned) in a 7-1 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Monday. His previous major league start was July 18, 2012. In the meantime, he underwent elbow and hip surgery in the past two years.
"I was anxious to get it over with," Lewis said of his first start.
He never doubted that he could pitch again at the major league level.
"The question was whether I’d get the opportunity," Lewis said. "The Rangers stuck with me."
Now, Lewis wants to repay that loyalty.
"Colby will always be Colby," Washington said with a tone of respect. "He pitches us deep in games."