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Josh Hamilton back in a big way for Texas Rangers

06/01/2015 12:32 EDT | Updated 05/31/2016 05:59 EDT
Josh Hamilton returned to the place where he's enjoyed his greatest baseball success and in a four-game series in Arlington, Texas proved he's still a baseball force for the Rangers.

Hamilton began this season rehabbing an injury as a member of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim but his two-plus seasons in California were filled with injury, disappointment and a self-admitted relapse by the 34-year-old outfielder where he used alcohol and cocaine.

He was traded back to Texas on April 27 in a deal where the Angels picked up most of the remaining $56 million on his contract. It was in Texas from 2008-12 where he enjoyed five seasons, smashing 142 home runs and winning the 2010 American League Most Valuable Player award when he led the league with a .359 average.

Hamilton started slowly after spending time in the minors after his trade. He debuted in Cleveland on May 25 and after three games was 1-for-11.

In his first start in Texas on May 28, Hamilton picked up his first RBI in his first two-hit game of the season against Boston. He followed that with a two-homer game on Friday and then was 0-for-3 on Saturday.

On Sunday, Hamilton was called upon as a pinch hitter with two out in the bottom of the ninth. The Rangers were down a run but had runners at first and third. Facing Red Sox closer and former teammate Koji Uehara, Hamilton delivered a gap-splitting double that brought home the tying and winning runs. 

Indeed, Josh Hamilton is back.

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