- David Murphy (baseball)
David Murphy Texas Rangers — No. 7 Outfielder Born: October 18, 1981
Bats: Left Throws: Left MLB debut September 2, 2006 for the Boston Red Sox Career statistics
Batting average .280 Home runs 58 Runs batted in 258 Teams Career highlights and awards
He played high school baseball with fellow Major League Baseball player, Josh Barfield, at Klein High School, and played college baseball at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He was drafted in the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft by the Boston Red Sox. In 2007 Murphy was traded to the Texas Rangers.
Boston Red Sox (2006-07)
Murphy played for the Single-A Lowell Spinners, Single-A Sarasota Red Sox, rookie-level Gulf Coast Red Sox, Double-A Portland Sea Dogs, AFL Peoria Saguaros, and Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox in the Red Sox organization.
In 2006 Murphy played 42 games for the Sea Dogs before being promoted to Pawtucket on May 26. While at Portland, Murphy had 47 hits in 172 at-bats (.273 batting average), with 17 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs, 25 RBI, and 11 walks. Murphy appeared in 84 games, going 85-for-318 (.267), with 23 doubles, 5 triples, 8 home runs, 44 RBI, and 45 walks. In 2006 he appeared in 20 games for the Boston Red Sox. He hit a 1–2 pitch into center field at Fenway Park in his first major league at-bat for his first major league hit (a single) on September 2, 2006. He hit his first MLB home run against New York Yankees pitcher, Jaret Wright, on September 17, 2006, at Yankee Stadium.
Texas Rangers (2007–present)
On April 25, 2008, the Rangers beat the Minnesota Twins 6–5 on Murphy's walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 10th. It was Murphy's first career walk-off hit. On August 1, 2008, Murphy capped a 3-run rally in the bottom of the 9th, hitting a walk-off 2-RBI single off B.J. Ryan as the Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9–8. In 2009 Murphy hit a walk-off single against Houston Astros closer, Jose Valverde. On August 7, 2008, Murphy was placed on the 15-day DL after suffering a knee injury in a collision at home plate with Iván Rodríguez of the New York Yankees. Murphy did not play another game in the 2008 season, when swelling to his knee cut his attempts at rehab short.
Murphy has continued to play well for the Rangers, often in a backup role. Despite not playing every day, his clutch hitting and strong performance in the 2010 post-season made him a fan favorite.
On opening day against the Boston Red Sox, Murphy hit a go-ahead, pinch-hit two-run double in the eighth inning that put the Rangers up, 7–5. Texas went on to win that game, 9–5. Two days later, in his first start of the season, he hit a home run against Clay Buchholz.
In 2011, he batted .275 with 11 home runs.
Murphy and his wife, Andrea Hill, were married on January 1, 2005, and have two daughters.
- ^ "SoxProspects.com". SoxProspects.com. October 18, 1981. http://www.soxprospects.com/players/murphy-david.htm. Retrieved October 24, 2010.
- ^ "MiLB.com". Minorleaguebaseball.com. http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/app/milb/stats/stats.jsp?n=David%20Murphy&pos=LF&sid=milb&t=p_pbp&pid=461815. Retrieved October 24, 2010.
- ^ "David Murphy Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/murphda07.shtml. Retrieved October 3, 2011.
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Texas Rangers current roster Active roster
1 Elvis Andrus | 2 Taylor Teagarden | 5 Ian Kinsler | 7 David Murphy | 8 Yorvit Torrealba | 10 Michael Young | 17 Nelson Cruz | 18 Mitch Moreland | 19 Koji Uehara | 20 Julio Borbon | 22 Yoshinori Tateyama | 23 Craig Gentry | 25 Mike Napoli | 27 Leonys Martín | 29 Adrián Beltré | 30 Neftalí Feliz | 32 Josh Hamilton | 37 Mike Adams | 39 Scott Feldman | 41 Alexi Ogando | 43 Engel Beltré | 44 Michael Kirkman | 45 Derek Holland | 48 Colby Lewis | 50 Cody Eppley | 54 Matt Harrison | 57 Mark Lowe | 58 Mark Hamburger | 60 Fabio Castillo | 61 Miguel De Los Santos | 62 Wilmer Font
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