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L.A. Angels (6-14)0006021009112
Texas (13-12) «16000000310170

Rangers 10, Angels 9

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SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Josh Hamilton knows there will be some boos when he returns to Arlington the first week of the season.

If he performs the way he did during his first game against Texas on Thursday night, they will be well earned.

Hamilton hit one of four home runs for Los Angeles in the top of the fourth inning off Derek Lowe, but the Angels lost 10-9 to the Rangers.

"The guys already have a poll on the team, if I'll get more claps or boos," Hamilton said before the game.

"I can't worry about it. There are people that clap and people that will boo. I think it's funny. I got booed when I played there, why wouldn't I get booed when I play for the Angels and play there?"

Hamilton isn't the first player to move from the Rangers to their division rivals on the West Coast. C.J. Wilson switched teams before last season after signing a free-agent deal and went 13-10 with a 3.83 ERA for the Angels.

But Wilson didn't have the same cache as Hamilton. He overcame drug addiction to win an MVP award become one of the games biggest stars.

In five seasons with Texas, Hamilton hit .305 with 142 home runs and 506 RBIs with another six homers and 22 RBIs in the Rangers' two World Series runs.

The Angels rewarded him with a five-year, $125-million contract. Though expectations are high, Hamilton said he's not feeling any additional pressure.

"Somebody told me to think about the contract you sign now, but you're really getting paid for what you've done in the past," said Hamilton, who finished 1 for 3. "So don't put extra pressure on yourself to perform. Just go out, have fun, play the game and contribute any way you can."

Earlier this spring, a minor firestorm broke out when Hamilton said the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex was more of a football town. But he said Thursday he wasn't questioning the priorities of the Rangers fans.

"When you start thinking about having 50,000 out on a Friday night instead of high school football games, that's fun," he said. "I'm glad the fans came out. Everybody loves a winner. Everybody comes out to watch a winner.

"I spent so much time with the fans, not because I wanted to get them to like me but because I wanted to," he added. "When we go back there, if there's somebody ragging me, cussing me or whatever the case may be, it's still not going to stop me from signing autographs and spending time with them."

Hamilton, Albert Pujols, Howie Kendrick and Hank Conger homered during the Angels' six-run fourth inning against Rangers starter Derek Lowe that pulled Los Angeles to 7-6.

Lowe had allowed only two hits in his first three innings, facing the minimum nine batters, before struggling in the fourth.

"Wow. I should have stopped," said Lowe, who was pitching for the third time in seven days. "It was unbelievable. It's hard to do. All kidding aside, it just shows you how important location is. Get the ball over the middle of the plate and bad things are going to happen."

Conger had a two-run triple in the sixth that put Los Angeles ahead 8-7. Erick Aybar added a solo shot in the seventh.

Leonys Martin, the only Texas starter to play the full nine innings, hit a bases-loaded double in the bottom of the ninth to give the Rangers their third win in four games.

"They put some runs up in a hurry," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "But we can do that, too."

Ian Kinsler doubled and scored in the first, then the Rangers used eight straight hits off Angels starter Jerome Williams to six more runs for a 7-0 lead.

Williams allowed the seven runs on 11 hits while facing only 14 batters. He struck out one.

NOTES: Rangers SS Elvis Andrus was 3 for 4 with with two RBIs and a run scored. . Kendrick went 2 for 3 to raised his batting average to .521. . Conger has driven in 15 runs in 12 games. . Pujols started at first for the second time in three games while also playing three straight games for the first time this spring. . Texas RHP Yu Darvish, who was scratched from his start Monday because of a stiff neck, threw a bullpen session Thursday and will start Saturday against Cincinnati. . Washington announced earlier Thursday that left-hander Matt Harrison will be the opening day starter and that right-hander Robbie Ross, who was vying for a spot at the tail end of the rotation after 58 relief appearances last season, will return to the bullpen. . Texas released RHP Yoshinori Tateyama from his minor league contract so he can try and pursue a major league job elsewhere.

 
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Players of the Game
Texas

L. Martin
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 4
Los Angeles

H. Conger
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
 

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Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Mike Trout, LF2100100 .368
    Brendan Harris, 1B-SS2000012 .268
Erick Aybar, SS4111001 .294
    Thomas Field, 2B1000000 .208
Albert Pujols, 1B3121000 .345
    J.B. Shuck, LF2010000 .314
Josh Hamilton, RF3111000 .270
    Randal Grichuk, RF1000001 .333
   a- Luis Rodriguez, PH1000000 .333
    Scott Cousins, RF0000000 .190
Mark Trumbo, DH4010011 .240
Howard Kendrick, 2B3221001 .521
    Efren Navarro, 1B0000000 .174
Alberto Callaspo, 3B2210100 .289
    Luis Jimenez, 3B1000000 .297
Hank Conger, C4124011 .429
    Luke Carlin, C0000000 .077
Peter Bourjos, CF3000121 .326
Totals36911835  
a-flied out for Grichuk in the 9th
Batting
2B - J.B. Shuck (2, Woods)
3B - Hank Conger (1, Lindblom)
HR - Erick Aybar (1, Woods), Albert Pujols (3, Lowe), Josh Hamilton (2, Lowe), Howard Kendrick (4, Lowe), Hank Conger (3, Lowe)
RBI - Erick Aybar (3), Albert Pujols (7), Josh Hamilton (6), Howard Kendrick (9), Hank Conger 4 (15)
2-OUT RBI - Howard Kendrick (3), Hank Conger 4 (7)
SB - Mike Trout (4, 2nd base off Lowe/Pierzynski), Peter Bourjos (3, 2nd base off Yan/Soto)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Aybar-Kendrick-Harris
E - Erick Aybar (1, Throwing), Jerome Williams (1, Throwing)
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jerome Williams 1.11177010 10.45
Mitch Stetter 0.2000100 13.50
Scott Downs 1000000 3.60
Robert Coello 1000010 9.64
Buddy Boshers 1200200 0.00
Mike Piazza (H,1) 2100110 0.00
Ben Fritz (H,1; L,0-1) 1.1233100 8.10
Eswarlin Jimenez (BS,1)0100000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Jerome Williams 44-31, Mitch Stetter 8-4, Scott Downs 11-7, Robert Coello 13-9, Buddy Boshers 27-11, Mike Piazza 30-19, Ben Fritz 20-11, Eswarlin Jimenez 5-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jerome Williams 2-0, Mitch Stetter 1-1, Scott Downs 1-2, Robert Coello 1-1, Buddy Boshers 1-2, Mike Piazza 3-1, Ben Fritz 1-3
Batters Faced - Jerome Williams 14, Mitch Stetter 3, Scott Downs 3, Robert Coello 3, Buddy Boshers 7, Mike Piazza 7, Ben Fritz 7, Eswarlin Jimenez 1
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ian Kinsler, 2B4221002 .245
   a- Leury Garcia, PH-2B1000001 .278
Elvis Andrus, SS4132000 .389
    Jurickson Profar, SS1000000 .216
Lance Berkman, DH3111101 .222
   b- Eli Whiteside, PH-DH1000000 .167
Adrian Beltre, 3B4110002 .250
    Yangervis Solarte, 3B1000000 .231
Nelson Cruz, RF3021110 .333
    Jeff Baker, RF1000000 .440
David Murphy, LF3000114 .314
    Julio Borbon, LF1110000 .372
A.J. Pierzynski, C3110002 .293
    Geovany Soto, C2010000 .179
    Chih-Hsien Chiang, PR0100000 .000
Mitch Moreland, 1B3120102 .409
    Jim Adduci, PR-1B0100100 .405
Leonys Martin, CF5034011 .378
Totals401017953  
a-grounded out for Kinsler in the 7th
b-grounded out for Berkman in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ian Kinsler (4, Williams), Lance Berkman (2, Williams), Nelson Cruz (2, Williams), Julio Borbon (5, Fritz), A.J. Pierzynski (5, Williams), Mitch Moreland (3, Piazza), Leonys Martin (3, E. Jimenez)
RBI - Ian Kinsler (9), Elvis Andrus 2 (6), Lance Berkman (6), Nelson Cruz (7), Leonys Martin 4 (11)
SB - Elvis Andrus (2, 2nd base off Williams/Conger), Leonys Martin (3, 2nd base off Boshers/Conger)
CS - Leonys Martin (3, 3rd base by Williams/Conger)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Andrus-Kinsler-Moreland
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Derek Lowe 3.2766114 6.23
Ben Rowen (H,3) 1.1000000 0.00
Josh Lindblom (BS,2) 1222120 7.56
Coty Woods 1211001 2.61
Johan Yan 1000120 2.16
Tanner Scheppers (W,1-0) 1000000 6.00
HBP - Navarro (by Johan Yan)
WP - Derek Lowe (1), Johan Yan (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 60-36, Ben Rowen 20-12, Josh Lindblom 23-14, Coty Woods 13-12, Johan Yan 18-9, Tanner Scheppers 8-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 6-2, Ben Rowen 3-1, Coty Woods 2-1, Johan Yan 1-0, Tanner Scheppers 1-2
Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 17, Ben Rowen 4, Josh Lindblom 6, Coty Woods 5, Johan Yan 5, Tanner Scheppers 3
Game Information
Attendance - 8939
Game Time - 3:09
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Jordan Baker, First Base - Dan Bellino, Second Base - Al Porter, Third Base - Stephen Barga