ARLINGTON (AP) – Texas slugger Josh Hamilton’s big bat is done — and headed to baseball’s Hall of Fame.

The bat Hamilton used to hit eight of his nine home runs during the last week cracked on an RBI single in the seventh inning of a 13-6 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday night.

Hamilton says of his bat: “She died a hero.”

Nelson Cruz hit his third career slam and like Elvis Andrus matched a career high with four hits as the Rangers handed Jered Weaver his first loss of the season.

The slam by Cruz capped a five-run third for Texas. Hamilton chased Weaver an inning later with a two-run double that made it 8-2 when the slugger was still using a pink bat for Mother’s Day.

Then in the seventh Hamilton pulled out — the now-famous homer bat.

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