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.

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Angels’ Pujols passes Mays for 5th on homer list with No. 661

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols passed Willie Mays for fifth place on the career home run list, hitting No. 661 on Friday night against Texas.

The 40-year-old Pujols connected for a solo homer with two outs in the fifth inning. He sent Wes Benjamin‘s fastball on a 1-2 count over the wall in left field.

Pujols has hit five homers this season. He tied Mays last Sunday at Colorado.

It is only Pujols’ second home run since Aug. 4. He now trails only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696).

Pujols has one more season left on his contract with the Angels after this year.

Benjamin was the 428th different pitcher Pujols homered against in his career. Only Bonds has homered against more pitchers (449).