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Hamilton's 468-foot blast extends streak

6/27/2010

ARLINGTON, Texas -- In his first at-bat in the second inning, Josh Hamilton drove Roy Oswalt's 1-1 pitch an estimated 468 feet to right-center field. The two-run blast was his 18th of the season and extended his career-best hitting streak to 21 games.

Vladimir Guerrero led off the second with a smash off the left-field wall for a double.

The 468-foot bomb ranks as the second-longest ever hit at Rangers Ballpark. Jose Canseco holds the mark with a 480-foot shot against Seattle on June 13, 1994.

Hamilton also holds what is now the third-longest home run of 460 feet against the Angels on May 15, 2009.*

The homer was Hamilton's 47th hit in June, tied for the most in one month in franchise history with Mickey Rivers (1980) and Frank Catalanotto (2001).

*Until this year, the Rangers had listed the distance of a Paul Sorrento home run in 1999 as 491 feet, which would have made it the longest in the history of Rangers Ballpark. However, a video review has revealed that the initial measurement was inaccurate and it is now listed at 455 feet, now the sixth-longest in the ballpark's history and the longest ever by an opponent. (See, video replay can work in baseball.)