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Friday, October 1, 2010 - 4:37pm

Hamilton returns

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton is
back in the lineup for the AL West champions.

Hamilton, the majors' leading hitter and a top AL MVP candidate,
is batting third and in center field for the Rangers' game Friday
night against the Los Angeles Angels. Hamilton has missed 24 games
since Sept. 4, when he broke two ribs crashing into an outfield
wall.

Hamilton went into Friday night's game with a .361 average, 23
points higher than Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez. Hamilton had 31 home
runs and 97 RBIs in his first 130 games.

Manager Ron Washington plans for Hamilton to play six innings
Friday night, then be the designated hitter Saturday against the
Angels.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

 

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