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Reliever Rosin has unique opener experience

ARLINGTON -- Pitcher Seth Rosin might have made Major League history on Monday. He was on a team's Opening Day roster for the second time this season. Rosin was with the Dodgers on their Opening Day in Australia on March 22 before being claimed off waivers by the Rangers last Wednesday.

"My buddies were asking me if that's ever happened before," Rosin said.

Though there is no official word, it's highly doubtful. But the second Opening Day was better for Rosin. He didn't pitch in Australia, but pitched a scoreless inning for the Rangers on Monday in his Major League debut.

"It has been a complete zoo, being in different hotels, uniforms, different stuff," Rosin said. "I'm glad to get this opportunity and run with it."

Rosin's debut came against the Phillies. He was with the Phillies last season before being drafted by the Mets in the Rule 5 Draft last winter and then traded to the Dodgers before being claimed by the Rangers. He has to stay on Texas' big league roster or be offered back to the Phillies for $25,000. The Rangers are going to try to carry him as long as they can, but it's hard with a Rule 5 player if a team is trying to contend with the best team possible. Rosin will have to handle at least a long role out of the bullpen.

"I know if I go through a rough patch, it won't be too hard to cut me loose and send me back," Rosin said. "I have to compete every day, be physically and mentally ready every day to have good results. I just have to think a day at a time and not worry about the next day or a week ahead about what might happen."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger.
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