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  1. Josh Hamilton breaks out of slump, but stays quiet about mystery issues and “disobedience”

    Aug 3, 2012, 9:44 AM EDT

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    Josh Hamilton showed some life at the plate last night, going 2-for-5 with a double and four RBIs after batting just .167 from July 1 through August 1, but once again declined to address the details surrounding his cryptic comments about something troubling the former MVP. People are not going to understand, I’ll share more…

  2. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 3, 2012, 6:00 AM EDT

    Ryan Dempster

    Rangers 15, Angels 9: Ryan Dempster was shelled in his Rangers debut, but it didn’t matter because C.J. Wilson was shelled too. Josh Hamilton drove in four. You have to wonder if Wednesday night’s game was some kind of turning point in this race. Rockies 8, Cardinals 2: Homers in four straight games for Josh…

  3. Ryan Dempster gets bombed, Rangers win anyway

    Aug 3, 2012, 12:35 AM EDT

    Ryan Dempster

    Making his Rangers debut, Ryan Dempster surrendered eight runs Thursday against the Angels, yet opposing starter C.J. Wilson was just as bad and Texas won a shootout 15-9. Dempster gave up his eight runs in 4 2/3 innings, while Wilson, an ex-Ranger who left for Anaheim in free agency last winter,yielded eight runs in 5…

  4. There’s something troubling going on with Josh Hamilton

    Aug 1, 2012, 9:23 PM EDT

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    Josh Hamilton batted just .177/.253/.354 in July, which would be reason enough to think that something’s not quite right with the MVP outfielder. Now add these cryptic comments, uttered by Hamilton late last week following a 1-for-14 homestand: “When the time is right, I’ll be honest with you, you’ll be right in the loop. I’ve been…

  5. Josh Hamilton is hearing the boo birds

    Jul 28, 2012, 10:12 AM EDT

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    After being criticized by Rangers president and CEO Nolan Ryan earlier this week, Josh Hamilton is now hearing it from some of his home fans. Hamilton went 0-for-4 in last night’s 9-5 loss to the White Sox. While he at least contributed with a sacrifice fly and an RBI ground out, a smattering of boos…

  6. Nolan Ryan says Josh Hamilton is giving at bats away

    Jul 24, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton AP

    Early this season it looked like it’d be impossible for the Rangers to let Josh Hamilton walk when he hits free agency this fall. Then Hamilton started to skid and he hasn’t stopped. In June he hit .223/.318/.436. In July he’s hitting .172/.242/.345. He has a grand total of seven homers in those two months.…

  7. Josh Hamilton is hitting .201 in his last 40 games

    Jul 23, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton AP

    Josh Hamilton went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts last night, chasing a bunch of pitches out of the strike zone in the process, and now has a batting average below .300 and a slugging percentage below .600 for the first time this season. That doesn’t sound so bad, of course, but considering how ridiculous Hamilton’s numbers…

  8. Wanna buy some Josh Hamilton inspirational t-shirts?

    Jul 13, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton shirt

    Josh Hamilton is branching out: ScriptureArt—the Raleigh and Dallas-based creator of Christian gifts, home decor and clothing is pleased to announce the debut of a new line of clothing inspired by the life and testimony of Major League Baseball All-Star, Josh Hamilton. “Josh has been amazingly transparent and out front about his struggles and about how his faith…

  9. American League All-Star lineup has Derek Jeter leading off, Josh Hamilton batting third

    Jul 9, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    American League manager Ron Washington officially announced Justin Verlander as his starter at today’s press and also revealed his lineup, which features Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter leading off, Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton batting third, and Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista cleaning up: 1. Derek Jeter, SS 2. Robinson Cano, 2B 3. Josh Hamilton, LF 4.…

  10. Josh Hamilton returns to lineup after leaving Friday’s game with back spasms

    Jul 7, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton AP

    UPDATE: Good news for the Rangers, as Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest reports that Hamilton is in the lineup as the designated hitter for tonight’s game. 9:45 AM ET: Josh Hamilton left last night’s game against the Twins with lower back spasms. He tweaked his back in the top of the fifth inning after…

  11. 2012 midseason awards: AL MVP

    Jul 6, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Josh Hamilton was far and away the AL’s best player for two months, but he’s definitely come back to the pack after hitting just .223 with four homers in June. He struck out 35 times last month, nearly matching his total of 39 times from April and May combined. That said, he still leads the…

  12. Robinson Cano picks his AL Home Run Derby team

    Jul 2, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    There was no talking Josh Hamilton into taking part in the Home Run Derby, so Robinson Cano went with some pretty good fallbacks Monday: Jose Bautista, Prince Fielder and Mark Trumbo. Bautista leads the AL with 26 homers at the moment, one more than Hamilton. Cano and Trumbo both have 20 apiece, while Fielder lags…

  13. Selection Sunday: Your 2012 All-Star rosters are revealed…

    Jul 1, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

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    Major League Baseball is announcing the All-Star rosters for each league this afternoon during an hour-long special on TBS. We’ll update this post as the names come in: The 2012 MLB All-Star Game is next Tuesday, July 10, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. AMERICAN LEAGUE Starters C Mike Napoli 1B Prince Fielder 2B…

  14. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Jul 1, 2012, 8:27 AM EDT

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    The Rangers it again on Saturday afternoon, riding Josh Hamilton‘s four-RBI performance and a solid first career start from Martin Perez to a 7-2 victory over the Athletics at a sold-out Ballpark in Arlington. Hamilton is now batting .319 with a 1.038 OPS, 25 home runs and a league-leading 74 RBI. And Perez looks capable of serving…

  15. Where did all of the doubles go?

    Jun 28, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT

    Does this look like a doubles swing to you?

    It’s still early enough to turn around, but there are a lot of hitters this year with many more homers than doubles: Jose Bautista – 25 HR, 9 2B Adam Dunn – 24 HR, 10 2B Curtis Granderson – 21 HR, 9 2B Carlos Beltran – 20 HR, 9 2B Dayan Viciedo – 13 HR,…

  16. Giancarlo Stanton will be in the Home Run Derby

    Jun 28, 2012, 9:56 AM EDT

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    I don’t really care that much about the competition aspects of the Home Run Derby. I do, however, like to see mammoth blasts for their own sake, either in sheer distance or in quantity. After all, what’s the most memorable Home Run Derby thing ever? Josh Hamilton putting on the laser show at Yankee Stadium,…

  17. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 27, 2012, 6:15 AM EDT

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    Reds 4, Brewers 3: Bronson Arroyo had a no-hitter through seven and then ended up with a no-decision. Guess that happens when you ask a starter who usually throws less than seven innings a start to go eight, eh?  Still a nice game until that eighth, and a win for the Redlegs. Giants 2, Dodgers…

  18. Josh Hamilton is trying to quit chewing tobacco

    Jun 25, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton Reuters

    According to the Associated Press, Josh Hamilton is trying to quit chewing tobacco. One would think that it shouldn’t be too tough for someone who has already overcome many personal demons, but it’s been a real struggle for him, not unlike many who dip or smoke regularly. Hamilton actually tried to quit last year, something…

  19. The final AL All-Star balloting update before the teams are set

    Jun 25, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

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    There’s still time to vote, but if it ended now, the AL All-Star team would look like so. The only change to a starter over last week’s results: Robinson Cano taking over first place at second base from Ian Kinsler. Downballot, we see A-Rod passing Evan Longoria for third place at third base, a flip-flop…

  20. Casey Affleck to direct a movie about Josh Hamilton’s life

    Jun 22, 2012, 9:46 AM EDT

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    Mike Fleming of Deadline reports that a movie about Josh Hamilton‘s life story is being shopped around Hollywood, with Casey Affleck already attached as writer and director. Hamilton’s story certainly contains more than enough drama to be a compelling movie, but a biopic of a still-living 31-year-old seems kind of premature, especially considering his recent…

  21. Mike Trout is now qualified for the batting title, ranks second

    Jun 21, 2012, 2:24 PM EDT

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    Not only did Mike Trout go 6-for-9 with two doubles and four runs in back-to-back wins over the Giants the past two nights, in doing so he logged enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title (and other leaderboards). Trout, who spent the first three weeks of the season at Triple-A, now ranks second…

  22. Josh Hamilton returns after intestinal virus

    Jun 19, 2012, 6:16 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Josh Hamilton was able to come off the bench and serve as a defensive replacement in Monday’s win over the Padres. Now he’s back in center field for Tuesday’s game after missing four starts due to an intestinal virus. Hamilton was hospitalized Friday because of the illness and then released Saturday after receiving IV fluids. He said…

  23. Josh Hamilton out of the lineup again Monday following intestinal virus

    Jun 18, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

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    Josh Hamilton will miss his fourth straight game tonight after being hospitalized Friday with an intestinal virus. The good news, at least for the Rangers, is that he appears to be close to returning. Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Hamilton participated in an early workout this afternoon, which included shagging flyballs…

  24. AL All-Star balloting update: Jose Bautista joins the leaders

    Jun 18, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    The latest American League ballot totals are in and the red-hot Jose Bautista has moved into third place in the outfielder voting, with Nelson Cruz dropping out of the lineup to fifth place. Bautista had the AL’s highest vote total last year, but his slow start guarantees he won’t duplicate that feat this year. Instead, it looks…

  25. Josh Hamilton released from hospital, should return Monday

    Jun 17, 2012, 10:32 AM EDT

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    Things are looking up for Josh Hamilton, who was hospitalized Friday evening with an intestinal virus. According to Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Hamilton was released from a local hospital Saturday after receiving intravenous fluids overnight. He’ll work out Sunday at Rangers Ballpark before heading out to San Diego with the team for a three-game series that…

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