Update: Just as this post went up, he hit his second home run of the game with two outs in the fourth inning, breaking a 2-2 tie. Here’s the video.
Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton hit his first home run in his fifth game since returning to the major leagues. In the bottom of the second inning, he drove a 3-2 breaking ball from Red Sox starter Steven Wright over the fence in right field to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead.
Hamilton hadn’t homered since August 24 last season against Athletics lefty Scott Kazmir. The 34-year-old is now seven home runs shy of 200 for his career.
The Rangers acquired Hamilton from the Angels at the end of April. He spent a couple of weeks in the Rangers’ minor league system before making his season debut on May 25 against the Indians.
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Atlanta Braves legend Dale Murphy took to Twitter last night and talked about his son, who was injured while taking part in a protest in Denver.
Murphy said his son nearly lost his eye after he was hit in the face by a rubber bullet while peacefully marching. He later shared a photo (see below). “Luckily, his eye was saved due to a kind stranger that was handing out goggles to protestors shortly before the shooting and another kind stranger that drove him to the ER,” Murphy said.
Murphy had far more to say about the protests, however, than how it related to his son:
“As terrible as this experience has been, we know that it’s practically nothing compared to the systemic racism and violence against Black life that he was protesting in the first place. Black communities across America have been terrorized for centuries by excessive police force . . . If you’re a beneficiary of systemic racism, then you will not be able to dismantle it at no cost to yourself. You will have to put yourself at risk. It might not always result in being physically attacked, but it will require you to make yourself vulnerable.”