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Rangers' Hamilton swings again, should be back Friday wire reports

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton hopes to return to the lineup by Friday.

Hamilton took swings in the batting cage for the third straight day Wednesday, hitting 10 balls off a tee and about 40 tossed balls. The majors' leading hitter (.361) took the last few swings at nearly full speed and says he felt good.

The AL MVP candidate has been out since Sept. 4 because of two broken ribs.

Hamilton says he won't take batting practice on the field for the rest of the season or the playoffs. He wants to eliminate the risk of "getting the adrenaline going" and doing too much.

After swings Wednesday, Hamilton ran the bases and caught fly balls hit by a coach.

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