Josh Hamilton Goes Yard Twice

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Josh Hamilton is finally showing signs at the plate of what the Angels expected to get from him when they signed him to a five-year contract in the off-season. On Wednesday night, Hamilton went 2-for-5 with two homers and five RBI in the Angels 13-2 win over the Cubs. Hamilton's numbers (14 homers, 39 RBIs, .229 average) still aren't close to what was expected from him as we inch closer to the All-Star break, but they are improving. Four of his fourteen home runs have come in July. This was his first multi-home run game this season and eighth multi-home run game of his career.

 NEWS & NOTES

  • Matt Cain lasted just two-thirds of an inning in a loss to the Mets and now has a 5.06 ERA for the season. This was Cain's had his shortest start of his career and the Giants workhorse has simply been the ace that fantasy owners thought they were buying on draft day.
  • Derek Jeter will be activated today by the Yankees and return to the lineup. Jeter was scheduled to make another start at Triple-A Scranton, but the Yankees captain could not wait another day. Fantasy owners can expect Jeter to provide a decent average and score runs.
  • Ben Zobrist hit a walk-off single in the 13th inning as the Rays earned a 4-3 win over the Twins on Wednesday. It was Zobrist's first hit of the game and it was a big one for the Rays.
  • Yu Darvish was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a slight strain of his right trapezius muscle.  Darvish won't make his start today, but the Rangers appear confident that  he'll only miss just this one start before returning when first eligible on July 22 since this roster move is retroactive to July 7th.
  • Edward Mujica picked up his 25th save of the season Wednesday as the Cardinals beat the Astros. Mujica has had a heavy work load lately as this was his sixth consecutive game, so Trevor Rosenthal will probably be in line for any save opportunities over the next few days.
  • Tommy Hanson (forearm) pitched  a 35-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday. He could be looking at a rehab assignment soon. This was the first time that Hanson has pitched since being placed on the DL.
  • Zack Wheeler allowed one run and just three hits in seven innings as the Mets completed the three game sweep of  the Giants on Wednesday. This was the first time Wheeler faced the team that drafted him. Wheeler even got his first major-league double, and adding an RBI and run scored in the sixth.
  • Prince Fielder went 3-for4 with a home run and 3 RBI in the Tigers victory over the White Sox on Wednesday. Fielder is hitting .267 with 16 homers and 69 RBI.
  • Matt Carpenter hit his 9th home run of the season on Wednesday in the Cardinals 5-4 win over the Astros. Carpenter is batting .322 in 85 games this season and is on pace to hit 15-20 home runs.