- Associated Press - Thursday, May 22, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - On a day full of bad news on the injury front, at least the Texas Rangers could enjoy a victory.

Shin-Soo Choo homered, Chris Gimenez had four hits and the Rangers rolled to a 9-2 victory over the slumping Detroit Tigers on Thursday.

This was supposed to be Prince Fielder’s first game back in Detroit after the Tigers traded him in the offseason, but the big first baseman didn’t make the trip because of a herniated disk in his neck that could keep him out the rest of the season.

Fielder is expected to have surgery Tuesday. General manager Jon Daniels announced that after the game.


Manager Ron Washington had already finished talking to reporters by then.

“You just want to go out there and give yourself a chance, hope your pitching staff gives you a chance,” Washington said. “We understand not every day we’re going to be able to put nine runs up, especially against this team.”

Yu Darvish (4-2) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings, striking out six and walking three.

The Rangers broke through quickly against Detroit rookie Robbie Ray (1-1), who lasted only 3 1-3 innings. Ray allowed seven runs, nine hits and four walks, and the AL Central-leading Tigers lost their fourth straight.

Ian Kinsler, who was traded to Detroit for Fielder in an offseason blockbuster, went 1 for 3 in his first game against the Rangers.

The Tigers breezed to a 27-12 start before being swept in a three-game series at Cleveland.

Star right-handers Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer were both knocked around in that series, and a 13-inning finale against the Indians taxed the bullpen.

Ray’s start Thursday made the situation even worse, and infielder Danny Worth ended up pitching the ninth inning for Detroit.

Worth, throwing a knuckleball, actually struck out two in a scoreless frame.

“That was a lot of fun,” Worth said. “Obviously, you don’t ever want to be needed in that spot, but once I got out there, I enjoyed it.”

Alex Rios opened the scoring with an RBI double off Ray in the second, and Gimenez drove him home with a single. Adrian Beltre added a two-run double the following inning and later scored to make it 5-0.

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