MLB Notebook: Angels' Hamilton is prepared to be booed today

2013-04-05T00:00:00Z MLB Notebook: Angels' Hamilton is prepared to be booed todayThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 05, 2013 12:00 am  • 

ARLINGTON, Texas - Josh Hamilton was booed his last game at Rangers Ballpark, and that's when he was still playing for Texas.

When the Rangers play their home opener today, the five-time All-Star slugger and former AL MVP will be in the other dugout with the AL West rival Los Angeles Angels.

"He was a good teammate, and we enjoyed having him and everything. He's a freak athlete, he's great, but now he's on the other team, and I don't really care," said left-hander Derek Holland, the scheduled starter for Texas. "Just like anybody else, I wish him the best, but at the same time you want to go out there and win."

The Rangers, who went to their only two World Series with Hamilton in their lineup, will be playing at home for the first time since that one-and-done, wild card 5-1 loss to Baltimore last October. Hamilton was 0 for 4 in that game with two strikeouts, both on three pitches. He swung at the first pitch his other at-bats - including a double-play grounder in the first that sent home the Rangers' only run.

"I'm not expecting anything I can't handle," Hamilton said Thursday. "I figured I'd try to run out there when Albert (Pujols) is announced before me, and as they're booing him, just kind of slide out there behind him so it's not so bad. … I was booed when I played there. Why would you expect not to be when I'm playing here?"

Rangers' Andrus signs for $120 million

ARLINGTON, Texas - Elvis Andrus is staying in Texas because he wants to win a World Series with the team that brought him to the major leagues.

Scott Boras, the agent who loves to have his clients test free agency, is fine with that.

The Rangers on Thursday announced a new contract that could keep the two-time All-Star shortstop in Texas for another decade. Andrus is guaranteed $120 million over an additional eight seasons through 2022, with a vesting option for 2023.

"I think as a player I treat myself as a winner and if I don't get my ring and I don't get this city a ring and this organization a ring, I won't sleep," said Andrus, a 24-year-old already in his fifth major-league season with two trips to the World Series. "I love everything here. I love Texas. They treat me well."

Inside pitch

• Rockies pitchers Juan Nicasio and Edgmer Escalona got into a brief skirmish during a public workout at Coors Field on Thursday.

The Rockies say there are no lingering issues. First-year manager Walt Weiss told ColoradoRockies.com the fight was over "trivial stuff."

• The Tigers and Jose Valverde have agreed to terms on a minor-league contract.

The team has made no promises to the right-hander they call Papa Grande, who led the American League with 49 saves two years ago. He must prove he can still pitch well enough to warrant a spot in the back of their bullpen.

• Marlins first baseman Casey Kotchman will be placed on the 15-day disabled list today with a strained left hamstring.

Kotchman clutched the back of his leg while running out a double-play grounder in Miami's 3-0 loss at the Nationals on Wednesday.

• Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts will undergo an MRI after injuring his right hamstring while stealing second base in the ninth inning of Thursday's 6-3 victory over the Rays.

• The Athletics traded lefty Travis Blackley to the Astros for minor-league outfielder Jake Goebbert.

The A's announced the deal Thursday before heading to Houston to begin a three-game series with the Astros. Blackley is expected to be on the Astros' roster for the series opener.

• Hiroki Kuroda still felt a little discomfort in his bruised middle finger Thursday but said he will try to make his next scheduled start for the Yankees. Kuroda was injured Wednesday night against Boston when Shane Victorino's line drive deflected off his pitching hand.

• Indians left-hander Scott Kazmir was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a strained ribcage muscle.

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