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Hamilton's Return a Success

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    Too much coffee and energy drinks. That's one of the more odd reasons a player has ever missed five games, but at the Texas Rangers figured out what was wrong with Josh Hamilton and it was nothing serious.

    And when Hamilton made his return to the Rangers' lineup on Monday after missing five games with balance and vision isses, he looked just like the guy that was ending his season on the same positive note he started it with before leaving last Tuesday's game in Los Angeles with vision problems.

    The Rangers outfielder hit a monster shot to the upper deck of the home run porch in right field then drew a key walk in the seventh inning after being down 1-2 in the count to set the table for Adrian Beltre's game-tying home run.

    The home run gave Hamilton a league-leading 43 bombs, putting him back in the lead ahead of Detroit's Miguel Cabrera, who's leading the AL in hitting and RBIs and has a serious bid at the Triple Crown.

    It had to have been a concern for the Rangers to see how Hamilton would respond after sitting cold for five days, not to mention his issues with his vision. But after Monday night, it looks like things are going to be just fine.