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Hamilton sits again with back injuury

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--CF Josh Hamilton missed his third consecutive game because of back stiffness, but did do some spirited sprinting before the game and also did some swinging in the cages. He is expected to return to the lineup on Friday in Cleveland.

--3B Adrian Beltre missed his second consecutive start because of soreness in his legs as the result of playing on artificial turf in the series opener. Beltre, like OF Josh Hamilton, is expected to be ready to play Friday in Cleveland.

--C Mike Napoli, who left Tuesday's game with blurred vision, was cleared to play after seeing an eye doctor Wednesday morning and being diagnosed with an ocular migraine. He didn't catch Wednesday to make sure his mask didn't cause extra pressure. He played first base.

--RF Nelson Cruz is in an ugly slump. After doubling in his first at-bat of the series, he went hitless in his next 12 at-bats. During a longer stretch, Cruz is 6-for-40 (.150). Cruz has not had a day off this season. Manager Ron Washington had wanted to give him a day off in the Toronto series, but injuries to other players prohibited that.

--OF Leonys Martin, one of the Rangers' top prospects, tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb Tuesday, had surgery Wednesday and will be lost to the Class AAA Round Rock roster for 6-8 weeks.

10.25 -- Composite ERA of LHP Matt Harrison, LHP Derek Holland and RHP Neftali Feliz through the last two turns of the starting rotation.

"When you don't get it to go the way you want, there is going to be work that has to be done. But they are going to each have 30-32 starts apiece. They have to move past it." -- Rangers manager Ron Washington on the recent struggles of his young starting rotation, which included LHP Matt Harrison's 3 1/3 inning performance in the 11-5 loss to Toronto Wednesday.

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