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September 21, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Josh Hamilton will miss entire Mariners series

The word from Rangers manager Ron Washington is that outfielder Josh Hamilton — the major-league leader in home runs with 42 — will miss the entire Mariners series in Seattle.
Hamilton has been suffering from equilibrium problems and blurry vision, believed related to a sinus infection, for a few days. He was removed in the fourth inning of Tuesday’s game in Anaheim against the Angels, and hasn’t played since. He flew back to Dallas on Thursday to undergo tests, and will stay there until the team returns from their road trip after Sunday’s game with the Mariners.


Washington said Hamilton will continue to be evaluated by doctors.
“He will play again for us this year,” Washington said. “Don’t worry about that.”
Hamilton’s absence could have a big effect on Miguel Cabrera’s chances of winning the first Triple Crown since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. Hamilton leads Cabrera by one homer, 42 to 41, while Cabrera leads Hamilton in RBIs, 130 to 123. Cabrera is also the batting leader at .333, ahead of Mike Trout’s .324.
Meanwhile, Adrian Beltre is expected to rejoin the team tomorrow. He stayed back in Anaheim for tests related to abodominal pain. Beltre was out of the lineup on Wednedsday but played yesterday and hit a game-winning homer. Beltre is hitting .316 with 34 homers and 95 RBIs.
With Hamilton and Beltre out, tonight’s game might mark the only time in recent history where the Mariners starting lineup has more cumulative homers than Texas’s, 100 to 84.
Here’s how the Rangers will line up:
Kinsler DH
Andrus 6
Young 3B
Cruz 9
Murphy 7
Soto 2
Moreland 3
Gentry 8
Profar 4
LHP Martin Perez

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