Rangers-Orioles game postponed by rain

Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton will have to wait for

another day to continue his assault on the Baltimore Orioles’

pitching staff.

Less than 24 hours after becoming the 16th player in major

league history to hit four home runs in a game, Hamilton was

received an unexpected break when rain postponed Wednesday night’s

game between the Rangers and Orioles.

The game was delayed for more than an hour before officials

decided on the postponement. It will be made up as part of a

single-admission doubleheader on Thursday beginning at 4:05 p.m.

The second game will not begin before 7:05, the starting time of

Thursday’s originally scheduled game.

Moments before the announcement, several Texas players ran from

the outfield and slid across the tarp. Hamilton was among them.

”You’ve got to keep the game fun,” he said. ”It reminds you

of why you started playing as a little kid. When we were little

kids we weren’t allowed to do that because you’d get in

trouble.”

Hamilton had no complaints about the rainout, mainly because he

would have been hard-pressed to come up with an appropriate

encore.

”The expectations and everything, you can’t do much better than

that,” he said. ”Honestly, I hadn’t been nervous for a game in a

long time but I was a little nervous today. So maybe (the rainout)

was a blessing in disguise.”

With Hamilton leading the way, Texas won the first two games of

the series by a collective 24-6 score. Hamilton homered in his

final at-bat Monday night before going 5 for 5 with four homers and

a double on Tuesday in a 10-3 victory.

The Rangers have won seven in a row over Baltimore. The rainout

came at a good time for the Orioles, who could only hope Hamilton’s

bat would be cooled by the time off.

Recalling the feeling he had at the plate in his record-setting

game, Hamilton said Wednesday afternoon, ”You know when you’re

seeing the ball well and really putting the good part of the bat on

the ball. That’s what you feel. Everything kind of slowed down for

me. You don’t have to do much. Just put the barrel of the bat on

the ball and it goes.”

The pitching matchup in Thursday’s first game will be Wednesday

night’s starters: Texas right-hander Colby Lewis (3-1) against

Wei-Yin Chen (2-0). In the nightcap, Derek Holland (2-2) of the

Rangers will go up against Tommy Hunter, who will be recalled from

Triple-A Norfolk after being sent down on Monday. Jason Hammel was

slated to start Thursday for the Orioles, but he’s been

experiencing soreness in his right knee.