Snyder earns first outfield start and first homer

Snyder earns first outfield start and first homer

Snyder earns first outfield start and first homer
TORONTO -- Brandon Snyder was given the start in left field for the Rangers in Wednesday's series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

It was Snyder's first Major League start in the outfield. He played three times in left field late in games this season for the Rangers, but of his three previous starts this season, two were at first base and one was as the designated hitter.

Snyder was erratic in the outfield during Spring Training, but manager Ron Washington said that first-base coach Gary Pettis, who coaches the outfielders, cleared him to play.

"I think his routes will be better," Washington said. "I think he has a feel of what he has to do. We're comfortable with it, so that's why we put him out there."

Snyder, 25, bats from the right side and the Blue Jays started left-hander Ricky Romero, who actually fares better against right-handed hitters than lefties. Snyder was 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI against Romero in his career.

Snyder was obtained from the Baltimore Orioles for cash considerations in the offseason. He was selected in the first round of the First-Year Player Draft by Baltimore in 2005. Over the past two seasons, with infrequent playing time with Baltimore, he played only at first base or DH.

The move paid immediate dividends when Snyder homered with two outs in the second inning. It was the first home run of his Major League career.