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  1. Josh Hamilton is back in the lineup, Beltre out

    May 4, 2012, 4:32 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton Reuters

    after missing the past three games with back stiffness, Josh Hamilton is back in the Rangers’ lineup as they take on the Indians. But … Adrian Beltre is not playing because of general soreness. True fact: “General Soreness” was going to be the new COBRA bad guy if the old “G.I.:Joe” cartoon had been renewed…

  2. Josh Hamilton is out of the lineup again

    May 2, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton Reuters

    Josh Hamilton said, when he first hurt his back over the weekend, that he hoped he wouldn’t miss any time.  Well, he’s missing time: he’s out of the Rangers’ lineup for the third straight day as he sits for today’s daytime tilt with the Blue Jays. This could be a blessing in disguise, of course. The…

  3. Josh Hamilton left last night’s game due to back stiffness

    Apr 30, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton Reuters

    Josh Hamilton has started the year strong, but he also appears to be starting the year in the same sort of ouchy and fragile state in which he always finds himself. Hamilton left last night’s Rays-Rangers game after two innings due to a stiff back. Or a spasm, to hear him tell it. He said…

  4. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 30, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v San Francisco Giants

    Giants 4, Padres 1: Madison Bumgarner keeps rolling (7.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 6K). After the game he explained his recent success by saying “I’m just trying to make pitches.”  I’ve heard that for 30 years and I’m still not quite sure what it means but I always like hearing it for some reason.…

  5. Josh Hamilton is no longer a vampire

    Apr 23, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    For most of his career Josh Hamilton‘s production has declined significantly during day games and for the past several seasons the former MVP tried various remedies to correct his problems hitting in the sun light. Coming into this season Hamilton’s lifetime OPS was 200 points lower during the day, including a .228 batting average and…

  6. Mike Napoli homers again as Rangers win eighth straight game

    Apr 21, 2012, 5:29 PM EDT

    Mike Napoli AP

    Mike Napoli homered in his fifth straight game this afternoon as the Rangers routed the Tigers 10-4 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader. The Rangers have now won eight consecutive games and sit at a major-league best 12-2 on the young season. The Rangers took the Tigers out of this one pretty early,…

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

    Apr 18, 2012, 6:08 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Boston Red Sox

    Rangers 18, Red Sox 3: The Rangers were definitely physically and emotionally into this game. In fact, they did a Gashouse Gorillas-style conga line around the basepaths. Josh Hamilton drove in five, Mike Napoli drove in four. Rockies 5, Padres 3:  Jamie Moyer wins and thus becomes the oldest pitcher to ever win a game.…

  8. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 16, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    Houston Astros v Miami Marlins

    Marlins 5, Astros 4: Omar Infante and Hanley Ramirez hit home runs, finally putting that crazy home run sculpture into action. Somehow we all survived, though I’m not ruling out the possibility that we all got thrown into an alternate timeline or something and won’t truly realize it until all the crazy occult stuff starts…

  9. Yu Darvish dances around trouble in second major league start

    Apr 14, 2012, 4:03 PM EDT

    Getty Yu Darvish

    The results were better in Yu Darvish‘s second major league start this afternoon against the Twins, but he was still pretty shaky. Darvish allowed two runs (one earned) over 5 2/3 innings before being pulled after 102 pitches. Not too bad, right? Well, he also allowed 14 baserunners (nine hits, four walks and a hit…

  10. Rangers meet with Josh Hamilton’s agent

    Apr 12, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton Reuters

    Now that the Rangers have locked up Ian Kinsler to a long-term deal a new contract for Josh Hamilton could be next on the agenda, or at least that’s the speculation after general manager Jon Daniels and owner Bob Simpson met with Hamilton’s agent yesterday. Previous reports have suggested that Hamilton’s injury history and off-field…

  11. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 10, 2012, 5:56 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    Rangers 11, Mariners 5: According to Google Translate, a literal translation of “run support” in Japanese is サポートを実行する.  I have no idea if that covers the actual concept of run support, but I bet after last night Yu Darvish knows. He started out his major league debut by giving up four runs in the first inning…

  12. Ian Kinsler didn’t show any disappointment on Opening Day

    Apr 6, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Ian Kinsler

    This morning we heard that Ian Kinsler was disappointed that he couldn’t get a deal worked out with the Rangers before the season started.  If he’s disappointed, however, it didn’t carry over to his game: Kinsler had a leadoff double, scored on a Josh Hamilton sac fly and later hit a solo homer, leading the…

  13. And now, the top 20 jerseys sold

    Apr 5, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals' Freese watches his game winning home run with Texas Rangers relief pitcher Lowe during the 11th inning in Game 6 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    MLB and the MLBPA just released the list of the top 20 jerseys sold in the past year. The list contains the usual gang you’d expect. Except I was somewhat surprised at David Freese at number 20, but I guess that World Series homer was quite the moment for Cards fans. Anyway: 1.    Derek Jeter, New…

  14. Josh Hamilton is “kidding, kidding, kidding, kidding”

    Apr 4, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton Reuters

    Once upon a time the Rangers regularly avoided playing Josh Hamilton in center field because they hoped moving to a corner spot would help keep him healthy, but those plans are out the window now. Hamilton is slated to be the primary center fielder for the first time since 2009 and because he prefers center…

  15. Josh Hamilton day-to-day with left groin tightness

    Mar 31, 2012, 4:12 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton Reuters

    Josh Hamilton is considered day-to-day after leaving last night’s game against the Rockies with left groin tightness. As Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News notes, the good news is that it is not in the same area where he required sports hernia surgery last November. The Rangers expect Hamilton to be ready for Opening…

  16. Springtime Storylines: How long until new ownership puts the magic back in the Los Angeles Dodgers?

    Mar 30, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    "The Mountaintop" Broadway Opening Night - Arrivals & Curtain Call

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: The Los Angeles Dodgers. The Big Question: How long until new ownership brings back the magic? Sorry. That was kind…

  17. Josh Hamilton will come cheaper now than over the winter

    Mar 19, 2012, 6:45 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    That was the 2010 American League MVP’s message to the Rangers on Monday. “Free agency is free agency,” Josh Hamilton told ESPN’s Jim Bowden on SiriusXM radio. “If they sign me now, it’d probably cost less. If they sign me there (free agency), it’d cost more. So we’ll see. “Obviously, I told the Rangers that…

  18. Josh Hamilton returns to Rangers lineup after injuring heel

    Mar 15, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    hamilton head getty

    The heel injury that forced Josh Hamilton from yesterday’s game is apparently very minor, as the former MVP is already back in the Rangers’ lineup today. Given his health history the Rangers would presumably play it very safe with Hamilton if they felt the injury was anything serious, so it says something that he’s in…

  19. Josh Hamilton suffers “jammed heel” in spring game

    Mar 14, 2012, 8:38 PM EDT

    hamilton getty

    Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was lifted from Wednesday’s Cactus League game against the Rockies after suffering what is being called a “jammed right heel” while chasing after a double. According to beat writer Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Hamilton was spotted icing his right foot in the clubhouse after the 6-1 loss to…

  20. Josh Hamilton sees himself eventually moving to first base

    Mar 6, 2012, 6:56 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Interviewed on ESPN 103.3 radio Tuesday, Josh Hamilton said he sees himself having another four years in the outfield before moving to first base. Hamilton, 30, is expected to play left field rather than center this year in an effort to save wear and tear on his body. Injuries have limited him to 89, 133…

  21. Yu Darvish throws 21 pitches during intrasquad game

    Mar 3, 2012, 9:55 AM EDT

    Yu Darvish Reuters

    We usually don’t pay a lot of attention to these early intrasquad games, but the buzz surrounding Yu Darvish makes him a notable exception. In an outing which was broadcast back to Japan, the high-priced right-hander faced the Rangers’ A squad yesterday in front of a sizable crowd in Surprise, Arizona. T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com…

  22. Josh Hamilton: “I don’t feel I owe the Rangers”

    Feb 24, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Josh Hamilton arrived at Rangers camp today and was predictably asked about both his recent alcohol relapse and contract, which is up after this season. His reply: The Rangers have done a lot of me. I have a question. Have I done a lot for the Rangers? I think I have given them everything I’ve…

  23. Hey look, it’s the inevitable “is Josh Hamilton getting off easy because he’s white?” column!

    Feb 16, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    josh hamilton getty

    I was surprised we didn’t see this within a couple of days of the Josh Hamilton story breaking, but I’m glad it’s here all the same. Not because I think it’s worth a damn — it’s not! — but because no story about a scandal involving an athlete feels complete without it. Take it away…

  24. There will be no discipline for Josh Hamilton

    Feb 16, 2012, 2:06 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Because of Josh Hamilton‘s severe substance abuse history, MLB has taken an interest in the young man since he resumed his baseball career following all of that time in the wilderness.  He has to check in with the league’s substance abuse panel and stuff.  And according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, he…

  25. Yet another Josh Hamilton-Whitney Houston column

    Feb 16, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Whitney Houston

    On Monday we watched Patrick Rishe of Forbes, in much the way we’d watch a car wreck, make a hamfisted comparison between Josh Hamilton and Whitney Houston.  I figured no one else would touch that, but I guess I figured wrong. Jen Engel of Foxsports.com has one today. It’s nowhere near as bad as Rishe’s.…

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