Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Josh Hamilton, Angels to visit April 5
By Richard Durrett
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton will make his first appearance against his former team, the Texas Rangers, at 1:05 p.m. CT on Friday, April 5, in Texas' home opener for 2013.
The 2010 AL MVP and the biggest name in free agency this offseason will also be on ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball" that same weekend, the Rangers said Tuesday.
It will be the second straight ESPN Sunday night appearance for the Rangers, who kick off the baseball season on March 31 in Houston in the Astros' first game in the American League.
Hamilton, Albert Pujols, Jered Weaver and the rest of the Angels make their first trip to Arlington to face Texas, one of their biggest AL West rivals, on the first full weekend of the season.
Last year, the two teams didn't play until mid-May. It will be the first chance for Rangers fans to greet Hamilton since he signed a five-year, $125 million deal with the Angels in December.
The Rangers also announced Saturday's game between the two teams on April 6 will be at 3:05 p.m. CT.
Hamilton played five seasons in a Rangers uniform after he was acquired in a trade with Cincinnati before the 2008 season. He won the AL MVP in 2010 despite missing most of September with cracked ribs and was the ALCS MVP that season as the Rangers advanced to the franchise's first World Series.
Hamilton hit .305 with 142 homers and 506 RBIs in more than 2,500 at-bats as a member of the Rangers.
Interestingly, his debut against Texas comes in a day game. Hamilton didn't hit as well in day games while wearing a Texas uniform, batting .269 in 169 day games as opposed to .317 at night.