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Josh Hamilton took off running, and kept up that pace even after his first swing in six weeks for the Texas Rangers sent the ball over the wall for his first homer this season. "It was good to get it out of the way, good to get that nervousness over," Hamilton said.
The Rangers have been waiting for their AL MVP and Nelson Cruz to get back in the lineup, and both delivered big blasts in a 4-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Monday night.
Cruz and Hamilton homered to back up Alexi Ogando's five-hitter for his first career shutout.
Their long-awaited comeback in many ways overshadowed another dominating pitching performance for the Rangers, who had their second consecutive shutout and third in eight games.
Hamilton pulled an 0-1 pitch off John Danks (0-7) over the right-field wall in the first to put Texas ahead to stay. Hamilton, who hit .333 without a homer in 11 games before breaking a bone in his upper right arm April 12, was quickly around the bases and back in the dugout.
"First one of the year, yeah!" he said. "I was already running hard because I didn't know if it was getting out or not, so I just continued it all the way around the bases. But it was good."
Danks also threw a complete game, his first this season and third of his career.
"I made a lousy pitch to pretty darn good hitter in the first, and I made a good pitch to Cruz that he hit out of the ballpark," Danks said. "It changes their lineup, no disrespect to their other hitters."