MLB notebook: For ex-Cat Burns, it's win No. 1

2013-07-08T00:00:00Z MLB notebook: For ex-Cat Burns, it's win No. 1The Associated Press The Associated Press
July 08, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Former UA Wildcats pitcher Cory Burns had to drive 180 miles from Triple-A Round Rock to Arlington, Texas, on Sunday morning after being called up by the Rangers.

The trip was worth it.

Burns earned his first major league victory for getting out of a mess in the fifth inning of Texas' 5-4 win over Houston.

The Astros had tied the score at 4 with a run off starter Justin Grimm and had runners at first and third with none out. But Burns came in and retired Jose Altuve on a pop out, struck out Brett Wallace and saw Jake Elmore get caught stealing second.

"The most important thing is the Rangers got the win," said Burns, who had an 0-1 career record with San Diego and Texas. "But your first win is a very cool experience."

• Manny Ramirez, 41, went 1 for 3 with a walk in Round Rock's 4-0 win over Omaha, three days after signing a minor-league deal with Texas.

• Yankees SS Derek Jeter singled and tested his repaired ankle on the basepaths in his second rehab game with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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