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Hamilton, Texas glad to be out of Metrodome

Hamilton, Texas glad to be out of Metrodome

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Rangers got their first look at Target Field on Friday afternoon.

Their first impression was that it's not the Metrodome. That made everybody happy.

"Anything has to be better than what they had before," said outfielder Josh Hamilton.

The Rangers biggest complaint at the Metrodome was the indoor artificial turf. It was much harder than natural grass, and even a three-day visit could cause problems for players not used to the surface.

Hamilton knows. He injured his back on the Metrodome turf in August last year and ended up missing most of September. He played in just two of the Rangers' final 30 games.

Manager Ron Washington used to consider giving his regulars time off or a game at designated hitter in the Metrodome. That no longer needs to be the case.

"It makes a big difference in that respect," Washington said.

Washington was also interested to note that the Twins have made just 10 errors in 47 games, so moving from artificial turf to grass hasn't hurt their defense.

"Going outside hasn't affected their defense," Washington said. "People said in the dome they had no bad hops, but now that they're outside, they can still catch that rock."

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