Video: Josh Hamilton hits his first home run of the season

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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.

Hunter Pence exits game with apparent injury

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Rangers OF/DH Hunter Pence exited Sunday afternoon’s game against the Reds after suffering an apparent injury chasing down a ground-rule double hit by José Peraza in the fifth inning. The beat writers are suggesting it’s a groin injury, but we’ll have to wait for the Rangers to provide an update to know for sure.

Pence was 1-for-2 with a two-run home run on the afternoon before suffering the injury. He’s had a rebirth of a season, batting .294/.353/.608 with 15 home runs, 48 RBI, and 44 runs scored in 215 plate appearances.

Shin-Soo Choo and Pence were sharing both the DH spot and left field. If Pence needs to go on the injured list, Danny Santana would likely see an uptick in playing time, particularly in left field.