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Video: Prince Fielder powers Rangers past Astros

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The Rangers won 5-3 tonight in the first game of a huge four-game series against the first-place Astros. The game was tied 3-3 before Prince Fielder put Texas in front with a two-run homer off Will Harris in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Watch Fielder’s heroics below…

That place got loud. Fielder had a really nice first half, but he came into tonight’s action hitting just .253 with four home runs and a .681 OPS since the All-Star break. He picked a good time to get back to mashing again.

The Rangers (76-67) are now just a half-game back of the Astros (77-67) in the American League West. The two teams are tied in the loss column.

Brian Anderson suffers hand fracture on a hit-by-pitch

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Marlins infielder/outfielder Brian Anderson departed Friday’s 19-11 win over the Phillies with a left hand contusion, the club announced. Following an X-ray, it was then revealed that he had sustained a fracture of the fifth metacarpal — an injury severe enough that it’ll likely keep him off the field for the remainder of the 2019 season.

Anderson suffered the injury on a hit-by-pitch in the third inning. On the first pitch of the at-bat, with the bases loaded and one out, he took a 93.9-m.p.h. fastball off his left hand. The HBP forced in a run, but he doubled over in pain and was quickly examined by a member of the Marlins’ staff before officially departing the game in the top of the fourth.

It’s an unfortunate way to end Anderson’s third campaign with the Marlins. The 26-year-old has posted some career-high numbers this year, reaching the 20-homer mark for the first time and batting a healthy .261/.342/.468 with an .810 OPS and 3.0 fWAR through 510 PA. Despite the setback, he should be fully healed and ready to go well in advance of the Marlins’ spring training in 2020.