ARLINGTON, Texas Geovany Soto's three-run homer Thursday off Detroit ace Justin Verlander is one he will tell his grandkids about. Just ask him.
"Hell, yeah," Soto said. "No, but it felt good. Spending so much time in the National League, you only get to see these guys on TV. Once you get to face them, you're like, "Wow!" It felt good."
It felt even better because the homer chased Verlander, the 2011 Cy Young winner, from the game and capped a seven-run third inning for the Rangers in a 10-4 win.
It was also Soto's first home run of the season. It was Soto's first time to hit one out since Sept. 23, 2012 at Seattle.
"I know Verlander is one of the toughest pitchers in the game," Soto said. "I was just trying to get good wood on the ball and managed to get a home run there."
Soto also managed to get Rangers starter Yu Darvish through eight innings on a night when he wasn't at his best.
Darvish gave up three ...