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Rangers Cap Emotional Opener With Big Win

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Baseball Backs

Opening day brought waves of emotion Friday for Texas Rangers fans -- from a somber first pitch to a chorus of boos to a late-inning rally over a bitter rival.

The emotions, and tears, began flowing with the ceremonial first pitch -- thrown out by Robbie Parker, whose daughter Emilie, a 6-year-old Ranger fan, was killed in the Sandy Hook shootings last December.

It was a somber start, but the mood shifted dramatically when Josh Hamilton appeared.

Hamilton spent the last five years leading the Rangers' resurgence, winning a Most Valuable Player award and helping the team reaching its first two World Series.

Then, in the off-season, he signed a huge deal with the rival Los Angeles Angels -- who just happened to be the foe for Friday's home opener in Arlington.

As Hamilton stepped up to the plate, Ranger fans didn't exactly react with hospitality. Some held up newspapers; many rained boos on their former hero.

Hamilton responded by going 0-for-4, with two strikeouts and a muffed play in the outfield.

His disappointment -- and the fans' glee -- didn't end there: The Rangers rallied in the 8th inning for a 3-2 victory.