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DETROIT (AP) — Tommy Hunter made Texas Rangers history.

Hunter became the first Ranger to pitch only as a starter and begin a season with seven wins and no losses, and Josh Hamilton hit another homer to help surging Texas beat the slumping Detroit Tigers 8-0 on Tuesday night.

"That's a great accomplishment because you obviously want to win every game, but a lot of it has to do with the guys behind me," he said. "You saw the plays they made, and they've done that every time I've been on the mound.

"They are the reason I'm 7-0, plus Josh keeps hitting homers every time I start."

Hamilton hit his 23rd homer, Ian Kinsler cleared the fence for the second straight day — after doing it just four times this season — and David Murphy had a solo shot.

The AL West-leading Rangers are 5-1 since the All-Star break and are the only team in the majors with 50 wins since April 22.

The Rangers had plenty of players doing their jobs in the second of a three-game series.

Elvis Andrus hit Armando Galarraga's first pitch for a single, scored on Kinsler's triple and Hamilton followed with a sacrifice fly. Murphy's solo homer in the second put Texas up 3-0.


Rangers auction could be delayed

FORT WORTH  (AP) — Angry creditors urged a federal bankruptcy judge Tuesday to delay next month's auction of the Texas Rangers, saying potential buyers need three to four months to secure financing — jeopardizing the sale to Major League Baseball's preferred buyer.
In a contentious daylong hearing, the court-appointed restructuring officer and a lender both testified that potential bidders have said securing financing would be difficult by the scheduled Aug. 4 auction.
Attorneys for the Rangers argued interested parties have had plenty of time to get financing in order and review documents, because some participated in bidding last year. The judge said the winning bidder has up to two months after the auction to finalize the funding.
Salvatore Galatioto, president of Galatioto Sports Partners that is one of the team's creditors, said obtaining large loans takes time because banks are less eager to loan money and face stiff regulatory oversight.
He said some interested buyers are hesitant to bid on the Rangers because Major League Baseball continues to endorse a group led by Hall of Fame pitcher and Rangers president Nolan Ryan and sports attorney Chuck Greenberg, whose bid to buy the team has been stalled by creditors for months.
"I don't believe it's become a completely open process even now," Galatioto told U.S. Bankruptcy Judge D. Michael Lynn.
The hearing was to continue Thursday with more witnesses, including Rangers manager Ron Washington. Lynn said he wanted an attorney for team owner Tom Hicks to testify but would consider the Rangers' opposition to it.




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