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Hamilton Homers, Leaves Game

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Josh Hamilton had a nice game on Tuesday to get himself going out of a little slump.

    In the first inning, he doubled and scored, and in the third, Hamilton sent a curveball to left-center field over the wall for his 15th home run of the season and just his second in 26 games.

    But in the eighth inning, Hamilton grounded out and wasn't running hard to first, and then was pulled from the game for the final two Angels at-bats.

    It was reported that Hamilton had suffered back spasms but they were not considered serious.

    Even still, it might be safe to expect Hamilton to sit tonight's game out as the Rangers take the field against Ervin Santana.

    Cross your fingers that this isn't serious. The Rangers can't go without Hamilton for a month to end the season like they did last year when they had a nice, comfortable lead, especially with Adrian Beltre on the DL until September, at the earliest.

    Good news is that everyone seems to think Hamilton's exit was just precautionary.