SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Josh Hamilton has set the standard for long home runs in Rangers camp this spring. Adam Melhuse measured up to that standard Tuesday afternoon against the Athletics. Melhuse, facing his old teammates, blasted a three-run bomb in the eighth inning off reliever Santiago Casilla. The ball sailed not over the right-center-field fence at the 379-foot sign, but above the berm and beyond the walkway. They don't measure home runs in Spring Training, but this was a Hamiltonian-like blast.
"Just putting me in the same category as that guy ... that's something," Melhuse said. "I'd probably have to pick that ball up and hit it again to equal one of Hamilton's shots." Melhuse didn't seem to mind that his home run came against the Athletics. He played for them from 2003-07. "It just meant a lot to hit a home run and get my first one," said Melhuse, who could end up being the Rangers' backup catcher. "Now, if it was to win the AL West, than yeah, it would have meant something. Still, to put a good swing and hit one like that, it has been a while."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.