OAKLAND -- Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton hit a home run on Wednesday against the Mariners. He was thrilled. "About time, isn't it?" Hamilton said before Friday's game with the Athletics. "It would be nice if they came in bunches. I'll take at least six or seven on this road trip." Hamilton's home run was his 14th of the season and first since July 19 against the Angels, a span of 20 games and 82 at-bats. During those 20 games, he was still hitting .321 with five doubles and 10 RBIs. But his slugging percentage was .432.
"I told him I'll still take doubles," manager Ron Washington said. Hamilton's overall numbers are down because he missed six weeks with a fractured bone in his right arm and he doesn't have enough plate appearances to be listed among the league leaders in percentage categories. But two ratios show that Hamilton is still driving in runs. He has a one RBI for every 5.02 at-bats. That would rank fourth best in the league if he had enough plate appearances to qualify. However his ratio of one home run for every 22.92 at-bats would rank 21st. In the same categories last season, Hamilton ranked fourth with a home run every 16.19 at-bats and eighth with an RBI every 5.18 at-bats. "Honestly, I try not to think about it," Hamilton said. "If you think about it, sometimes you get out of your approach at the plate. You try to create something happening and you quickly spiral downward."