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03/11/08 7:20 PM ET

Hamilton continues tear vs. White Sox

Rangers outfielder goes 3-for-3 with second spring homer

at Surprise, Ariz.
Tuesday, March 11

Rangers at the plate: Josh Hamilton had three hits, including his second home run of the spring. He had a leadoff home run in the second inning, and Ben Broussard went deep that same inning with two outs, his first home run of the spring. Hamilton also had two singles. He stole second after one of the base hits and was picked off after another. Adam Melhuse tied the score at 5 in the eighth with a two-out triple, and Nelson Cruz ended it with a 10th-inning walk-off shot.

White Sox at the plate: Brian Anderson hit a two-run home run in the second inning, and Josh Fields had two hits. The home run was Anderson's second of the spring, and he now has seven RBIs. Alexei Ramirez had a double, scored a run and laced an RBI single.

Rangers on the mound: Rangers right-hander Vicente Padilla went 3 2/3 innings and allowed two unearned runs on four hits and three walks while striking out two. He left the game with a slightly strained hip muscle, but the injury is not considered serious and he is listed as day-to-day. Kazuo Fukumori pitched a scoreless fifth inning and has not allowed a run in six innings of Cactus League play.

White Sox on the mound: White Sox right-hander Gavin Floyd, after missing his last start because of the flu, lowered his spring ERA to 5.14 by allowing two runs in four innings. He walked two and struck out two. Former Rangers right-hander Nick Masset pitched a scoreless inning, striking out two.

Cactus League records: White Sox 7-9; Rangers 7-6.

Up next: Right-hander Sidney Ponson will make his first appearance for the Rangers when they play the Chicago Cubs at 3:05 p.m. CT on Wednesday in Surprise. Jason Jennings starts the game and is expected to go four innings. Ponson, who signed with the Rangers earlier this week, will pitch two innings.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.