5.15.2012

Rangers' Josh Hamilton bashes four home runs

2008 Home Run Derby shades, except as.

Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton, who put on a great show of power a day before the 2008 All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium, becoming the 16th player in history to hit four home runs in the game when he connected with the eighth inning Tuesday against the Baltimore Orioles right-hander Darren O'Day.

MARK box: Rangers 10, Orioles 3

All home runs in Hamilton two-run shot, others come first, third and seventh round as the Rangers beat the Orioles 10-3. He also doubled in the fifth and finished 5-for-5 with 18 total bases, which made the American League record and fell one shy nucleus to mark the league.

"It is clear, in addition to the World Series, major league highlight of my career," said Hamilton. "I was told after I hit the two I've hit three in the previous game, and what a blessing. Then press the four is just horrible feeling, to see how excited I missed my teammates.

"It reminds you when you're in Little League and a small child, and just the excitement and why we play the game. Things like that. You never know what might happen. This is just an absolute blessing. "

Hamilton connected off the inaugural two times before facing Jake Arrieta lefty Zach Phillips in the seventh. Hamilton is hitting .378 off left-handers in and pounce Phillips as well as new delivery record for the next round of binding hard off sidearming O'Day.

Hamilton, a free agent after this season, becoming the first major league goes away four times in a game for the toronto blue jays' Carlos Delgado on 25 September 2003 on the then-Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

And it marked another milestone in a career that might not ever be threatened by Hamilton with a good record battle with drug addiction and alcoholism.

"This is an absolute blessing," said Hamilton ESPN. "For all I've gone through, are in a position to do so is respect."

Hamilton even make it sound easy.

"I do not need to make power. I just need to make solid contact. You know what? "He asked. "Work. I just need to put a good swing, and it will go. "

"He did a lot of teams in baseball,'' said Manager Buck Showalter of the Orioles." He's a great player, very good player. He is one of the best players in the game. You can see why. "

Hamilton, 30, set a career high with eight RBI and now has 36 for the season, in addition to 14 home runs. Both the amount of lead the majors.

Career high for home runs in a season is 32, made in 2008 and in 2010, when he was named the AL MVP.

This is the first time in major league history to Homer four games and a perfect game - in this case, thrown by Phil Humber - occurred at the same time.

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The 16 players in history to hit four homers in a game:

Player, team competition Date

* Josh Hamilton, Texas on September 8, 2012 vs. Baltimore

* Carlos Delgado, Toronto on September 25, 2003 vs. Tampa Bay

* With Shawn Green, LA Dodgers May 23, 2002 vs. Milwaukee

* Mike Cameron, Seattle on May 2, 2002 compared to the elegance. White Sox

* Mark Whiten, St. Louis on September 7, 1993 vs. Cincinnati

* Bob Horner, Atlanta on July 6, 1986 vs. Montreal

* Mike Schmidt, Philadelphia on April 17, 1976 compared to the elegance. Cubs

* Willie Mays, San Francisco on April 30, 1961 vs. Milwaukee Braves

* The Rocky Colavito, Cleveland vs Baltimore June 10, 1959

* With Joe Adcock, Milwaukee Braves on July 31, 1954 compared to Brooklyn

* Gil Hodges, Brooklyn on August 31, 1950 vs. Milwaukee Braves

* In Pat Seerey, elegant. White Sox on July 18, 1948 vs. Philadelphia Athletics

* Chuck Klein, Philadelphia on July 10, 1936 vs. Pittsburgh

* In Lou Gehrig, NY Yankees on June 3, 1932 vs. Philadelphia Athletics

* At Ed Delahanty, Philadelphia Phillies on July 13, 1896 compared to the elegance. Cubs

* Bobby Lowe, Boston Beaneaters in on May 30, 1894 vs. Cincinnati

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