- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 18, 2009

PEORIA, ARIZ. (AP) - Josh Hamilton still finds ways to surprise his Texas teammates.

Hamilton began his 3-for-3 performance by bunting for a single with a runner on base during a four-run first inning, and the Rangers beat the San Diego Padres 9-4 on Wednesday.

Ian Kinsler also had three hits in three at-bats and Nelson Cruz smacked a three-run homer for the Rangers, who built a quick 6-0 lead. Brandon McCarthy threw four hitless innings to keep the Padres winless against AL teams this spring (0-8-2).

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