Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton can play small ball, too. In the Rangers' first interleague game of the season, Hamilton showed a little National League flair. His first career sacrifice bunt came between run-scoring doubles by Vladimir Guerrero and Nelson Cruz and Texas extended its winning streak to a season-best five in a row with a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Friday night.
"That was amazing. It surprised me the way he did it," said Cruz, who was on deck when Hamilton squared around "Obviously they're not expecting it. That's in my favor," said Hamilton, known for long blasts and his 28 homers in the first round of the 2008 Home Run Derby at the old Yankee Stadium. "We've been talking about if the situation calls for it, you know, be a team player, get it done."
Colby Lewis labored through six innings for his first victory in five starts, Ted Lilly pitched into the seventh but remained without a victory since winning his injury-delayed season debut April 24 for the Cubs. He is 0-4 his last five starts. "The only thing I'm trying to do is win, whatever fashion it takes," Lilly said. "What it comes down to for me is giving up fewer runs. I need to pitch better. ... I will say we're capable of hitting better. Everyone's trying to find a way. I don't think you can look at any one thing. We're in this together for the rest of the year."
Former Cubs RHP Greg Maddux, an assistant to GM Jim Hendry, is with the team this weekend to work with young pitchers. Maddux also gets a chance to visit his older brother, Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux.