Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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Hamilton has rough return to Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas fans cheered again for Josh Hamilton — when he struck out.

Making it sweeter, Craig Gentry scored the go-ahead run on Ian Kinsler's single in the eighth as the Rangers beat the Angels 3-2 on Friday.

Hamilton was the 2010 MVP and led the Rangers to two World Series berths. In the offseason, he signed with the Angels for five years and $125 million. Friday, he was booed when introduced then cheered when he struck out twice while going 0-for-4.

"I'd lie to you if I said it didn't bother me a little bit. But it didn't overwhelm me," Hamilton said. "It's what I expected.

"I got worn out as good as I had anywhere else. The booing was a little louder. The chants … I've been called a crackhead before at Yankee Stadium and places like that, just like it was today," Hamilton said. "It probably hurt a little more to know that people would turn that quickly. … Just tells you a lot."

Kinsler's single was to right — and Hamilton, who short-hopped the throw to the plate.

"Felt good, felt good; came out hot," Hamilton said of the throw before a sigh. "I already replayed it in my mind 100 times. Came up and gave it a good throw, and that's all you can do. He's fast."

Hamilton is 1-for-16 this season, and both strikeouts came against Derek Holland.

"I heard the crowd erupt every time," Holland said. "I'm just going after him, treating him like every other hitter. I just didn't really want to give him too much to hit. He can hit it a mile away."

Detroit AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

A.Jackson cf 4 1 2 0 1 0 .333

Tor.Hunter rf 5 1 0 1 0 2 .286

Mi.Cabrera 3b 4 0 1 1 1 0 .231

Fielder 1b 4 0 0 0 0 1 .167

V.Martinez dh 4 0 2 0 0 0 .182

D.Kelly lf 2 0 1 0 0 0 .500

Tuiasosopo ph-lf 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Dirks ph-lf 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000

Jh.Peralta ss 4 0 1 0 0 1 .273

Avila c 3 0 0 0 1 1 .100

Infante 2b 3 0 1 0 1 0 .400

Totals 34 2 8 2 5 5

Minnesota AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Hicks cf 5 0 1 2 0 2 .083

Mauer c 5 1 1 0 0 1 .308

Willingham lf 3 1 1 2 1 1 .200

Morneau 1b 3 1 2 0 1 0 .400

Doumit dh 4 1 1 0 0 0 .154

Plouffe 3b 3 1 1 1 1 0 .222

Parmelee rf 4 1 1 1 0 2 .100

Carroll 2b 3 1 1 0 1 0 .333

Florimon ss 4 1 1 2 0 1 .375

Totals 34 8 10 8 4 7

Detroit 101 000 000— 2 8 0

Minnesota 002 100 05x— 8 10 2

EMauer (1), Florimon (2). LOBDet. 10, Min. 6. 2BA.Jackson (1), Doumit (1), Florimon (1). HRWillingham (1), off Porcello; Plouffe (1), off Porcello. RBIsTor.Hunter (1), Mi.Cabrera (4), Hicks 2 (2), Willingham 2 (2), Plouffe (1), Parmelee (1), Florimon 2 (2). SBA.Jackson (1), Parmelee (1). RISPDet. 1 for 10; Min. 3 for 8. DPMin. 2.

Detroit IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

Porcello L, 0-1 5L6 3 3 2 2 97 5.06

DotelM0 0 0 0 1 7 0.00

D.Downs 1 0 0 0 0 2 16 3.86

VillarrealM4 5 5 2 1 37 33.75

AlburquerqueL0 0 0 0 1 6 0.00

Minnesota IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

Pelfrey W, 1-0 5L5 2 0 2 1 96 0.00

Duensing H, 1M1 0 0 0 0 12 6.75

Roenicke H, 1L1 0 0 2 1 13 0.00

T.Robertsn H, 1L0 0 0 0 1 5 0.00

Fien H, 1L0 0 0 0 0 5 0.00

Burton H, 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 10 0.00

Pressly 1 1 0 0 0 1 15 0.00

WPAlburquerque 2. PBMauer. T3:32. A24,752 (39,021).

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