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Josh Hamilton starts in left, bats fifth for Rangers today

Rangers’ slugger Josh Hamilton rejoined the Rangers Monday in Cleveland. He is scheduled to play left field and bat fifth.
Rangers’ slugger Josh Hamilton rejoined the Rangers Monday in Cleveland. He is scheduled to play left field and bat fifth. Special to the Star-Telegram

Josh Hamilton is in the Texas Rangers lineup Monday, playing left field and batting fifth. It’s Hamilton’s first game with the Rangers after being traded from the Angels last month.

Hamilton played in 12 games in the minors while preparing to rejoin the Rangers, batting .364 with five doubles and a home run.

“I’m glad to be here. It’s been a lot of work and a little bit of time,” Hamilton said from the dugout at Progressive Field before the Rangers played the Indians in a 3 p.m. game. “The body has responded well. Mentally, I feel good. Physically it’s good, shoulder and everything is good.”

Hamilton rose to stardom with the Rangers from 2007 to 2012 before signing with the Angels before the 2013 season. His production dropped, however, as he hit .250 in 2013 and .263 in 2014 while battling injuries with the Angels.

The Rangers have won a season-high five consecutive games, including a three-game sweep over the Yankees in New York over the weekend.

“It seems like they’ve been having a lot of fun here lately and it’s good to be part of something like that,” Hamilton said. “I’m excited to be back in Texas, excited to be here with the team.”

Stefan Stevenson, 817-390-7760

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