Josh Hamilton gets IV, oxygen after walkoff homer

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Josh Hamilton hit a walkoff homer in the 13th inning to give the Rangers an 8-7 win over the  Blue Jays on Saturday and then received IV fluids and oxygen after the game to treat an upper respiratory infection he’s been fighting.

“I’ve been seeing stars since the fifth inning,” he said afterwards. “I hit a wall. I was light-headed and seeing those little stars.”

Hamilton’s homer came after the Blue Jays took a 7-5 lead in the top of the 13th. An Elvis Andrus double brought the Rangers back within one in the bottom of the inning before Hamilton’s two-run shot off Jason Frasor won it.

It was the major league-leading 20th homer of the season for Hamilton. He went two weeks without homering before hitting No. 19 on Friday.

Rays moving spring camp due to damage caused by hurricane

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Rays are relocating their spring base for 2023 due to extensive damage to team training facilities caused by Hurricane Ian.

The Rays have trained since 2009 in Port Charlotte, Florida, about 90 minutes south of St. Petersburg, and intend to explore several options before making a decision on where to hold spring training and play Grapefruit League games when camp opens.

The team and Charlotte County released a joint statement Thursday, saying damage to Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte can’t be repaired in time to host games this winter.

“Charlotte County supports the Rays efforts to secure alternative accommodations for 2023 spring training,” the statement said.

“We are all disappointed for the residents of Charlotte County and the fans there. The community is in the thoughts and hearts of the Rays, and the team will continue to support recovery efforts,” the statement added. “The Rays and Charlotte County intend to develop a restoration plan for Charlotte Sports Park in the coming weeks.”