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April 08, 2012

Wrapping up Rangers 5-0 victory (Josh Hamilton's big night; Robbie Ross big league debut; Adrian Beltre's first hit is a HR)

Josh Hamilton made three standout plays Sunday night in helping the Texas Rangers to a 5-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox. He made two diving catches, and also deposited a 441-foot home run into the home run porch in right-center field.

Asked which he preferred, Hamilton said: "I always like catches better because you're on the other end of the play watching it develop. The home runs just happen so fast."

Still, his monster home run was the buzz around the clubhouse following the game.

"It was amazing," Adrian Beltre said. "I had the best view in the house, being on deck. It's good to see him swinging the bat like that."

Other notes from Sunday:

* Robbie Ross made his major league debut, throwing a scoreless eighth inning. He registered his first career strikeout against five-time All-Star Paul Konerko. "Unreal," Ross said. "It was all I expected it to be. So blessed and thankful to have guys come up and say, 'Way to go man.'"

* Adrian Beltre's first hit of the season happened to be a two-run home run to right-center in the fourth inning. Beltre had been 0 for 8 going into the at-bat, but connected on a hanging slider thrown by Gavin Floyd. "It's always nice to get the first one out of the way," Beltre said. "When I drive the ball the other way, it means I am feeling pretty good."

* David Murphy also went deep for the first time this season. He had an upper-deck shot to rightfield to break a scoreless game in the third. He has started the season 5 for 9.

* The Rangers won the season-opening series for the second consecutive season, and the third time in the past four years. "It's huge," Adrian Beltre said. "Our key is to win series this year, and the more series we can win the better. We didn't hit the ball well the first two games team-wise, but we won the series and hopefully we can build on this against Seattle."

-- Drew Davison

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