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Hamilton: Angels Denied Me Chance To Talk To Owner Moreno

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(ARLINGTON) -- After the Angels essentially gave Josh Hamilton back to the Rangers, the Texas slugger paints a picture that insinuates Los Angeles never wanted him to begin with.

Hamilton signed a five-year contract with the Angels in 2010 and claims that despite numerous attempts to speak with team owner Arte Moreno, the front office often proved to be an obstruction.

"I told everybody from MLB to [manager] Mike Scioscia, even when I was there and wasn't playing in 2013, I wasn't being the guy that I was supposed to be," Hamilton said Saturday.

"In 2014, same thing. I tried to reach out to the owner, Arte, and talk to him and tell him, 'You know what? I'm working my butt off, and I want to be the guy that played against you for all these years.' I was always turned down by the general manager and team president. They said they would let him know."

 Hamilton said there same situation occurred after his relapse and surgery, when he wanted to talk to Moreno and explain that things were under control.

"Same thing after this incident and after surgery," Hamilton said. "I talked to [Angels GM] Jerry DiPoto. 'You know Jerry, I'd love to talk to Arte and reassure him that things are OK,' and he turned me down again.

"I did what I needed to do to be a responsible man and employee and reach out to him, and I was always denied that opportunity, so my hands are clean."

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Josh Hamilton Set to Return for Rangers

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(ARLINGTON) -- The return of Josh Hamilton to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington is nearly here.

Hamilton is finalizing his rehab appearances in the minor leagues and the Rangers have stated that the former All-Star will travel to Double-A Frisco after completing his stint with Triple-A Round Rock Friday night.

Texas said it will evaluate Hamilton after games on Tuesday and Wednesday to determine if he is ready to return to the majors or needs more minor league work.

Hamilton is recovering from an off-season surgery to repair an AC joint. He did not participate in spring training.

The Rangers re-acquired Hamilton from the Angels on April 27 after two seasons into a five-year, $125 million contract with Los Angeles.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 5/13/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA Playoffs – Eastern Conference Semi-Finals – Game 5: Atlanta Hawks 82 – Washington Wizards 81 (Hawks lead series, 3-2)

Western Conference Semi-Finals - Game 5: Golden State Warriors 98 - Memphis Grizzlies 78 (Warriors lead series, 3-2)

NHL Playoffs – Eastern Conference Second Round – Game 7: New York Rangers 2 – Washington Capitals 1 OT

MLB: Texas Rangers 5 (15-19) – Kansas City Royals 2 (21-13)

Tampa Bay Rays 3 (19-16) – New York Yankees 2 (21-14)

Minnesota Twins 6 (19-15) – Detroit Tigers 2 (20-14)

Baltimore Orioles 6 (15-17) – Toronto Blue Jays 1 (17-18)

Chicago Cubs 2 (18-15) – New York Mets 1 (20-14)

Cleveland Indians 2 (12-20) – St. Louis Cardinals 0 (23-10)

Cincinnati Reds 5 (17-17) – Atlanta Braves 1 (15-19)

Boston Red Sox 2 (16-18) – Oakland Athletics 0 (13-23)

Philadelphia Phillies 3 (12-23) – Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (17-17)

Washington Nationals 9 (19-16) – Arizona Diamondbacks 6 (15-18)

San Diego Padres 4 (18-17) – Seattle Mariners 2 (15-18)

Houston Astros 4 (21-13) – San Francisco Giants 3 (17-17)

Chicago White Sox 4 (14-17) – Milwaukee Brewers 2 (12-23)

Miami Marlins 5 (16-19) – Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (22-11)

Los Angeles Angels 2 (17-17) – Colorado Rockies 1 (11-19)


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Scoreboard Roundup - 5/10/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA Playoffs: Cleveland Cavaliers 86 - Chicago Bulls 84 (Series tied 2-2)

Los Angeles Clippers 128 - Houston Rockets 95 (Clippers lead series 3-1)

NHL Playoffs: New York Rangers 4 - Washington Capitals 3 (Series tied 3-3)

Anaheim Ducks 3 - Calgary Flames 2 (F/OT)(Ducks Win Series 4-1)

MLB: New York Yankees 6 (20-12) - Baltimore Orioles 2 (13-16)

Boston Red Sox 6 (14-17) - Toronto Blue Jays 3 (16-16)

Cleveland Indians 8 (11-19) - Minnesota Twins 2 (18-14)

Texas Rangers 2 (13-18) - Tampa Bay Rays 1 (17-15)

Washington Nationals 5 (17-15) - Atlanta Braves 4 (14-17)

New York Mets 7 (20-11) - Philadelphia Phillies 4 (11-21)

Pittburgh Pirates 4 (15-16) - St. Louis Cardinals 3 (22-9)

Chicago White Sox 4 (12-16) - Cincinnati Reds 3 (15-16)

Los Angeles Angels 3 (15-17) - Houston Astros 1 (20-12)

Milwaukee Brewers 3 (11-21) - Chicago Cubs 2 (15-15) - 11 Innings

Seattle Mariners 4 (14-17) - Oakland Athletics 3 (12-21) 

Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (14-16) - San Diego Padres 1 (17-16)

San Francisco Giants 3 (16-16) - Miami Marlins 2 (15-17)

Los Angeles Dodgers 9 (20-10) - Colorado Rockies 5 (11-17)

Kansas City Royals 2 - Detroit Tigers 1 (F/10)

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Odor Leads Rangers to Extra-Innings Win Over A's, 8-7

Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor singled home Shin-Soo Choo in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Texas (8-15) an 8-7 victory over the Oakland Athletics (10-15) on Saturday night.

With the bases loaded and nobody out, Odor took a 2-0 pitch from A’s reliever R.J. Alvarez and drove it to centerfield for the winning base hit. Choo tied the game at 7-7 in the seventh inning with a three-run blast, his second home run of the season.

Rangers first baseman Kyle Blanks was 4-for-5 with two runs and three RBIs. He also hit his second homer in two days. 

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L.A. Angels Trade OF Josh Hamilton to Rangers, Texas) -- The Los Angeles Angels dealt outfielder Josh Hamilton to the Texas Rangers on Monday for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The Halos are expected to pick up most of the $80.2 million remaining on Hamilton’s three-year contract.

The five-time All-Star is currently on the 15-day disabled list, recovering from off-season right shoulder surgery.  During spring training, he informed Major League Baseball officials that he suffered a drug relapse.

“Over the course of the last few weeks, it became clear that Josh wanted to return to Texas,” said Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto. “After several discussions with the Rangers, we were able to complete a trade that in the end is the right decision for everyone involved.”

Hamilton spent five seasons (2008-2012) with the Rangers, where he batted .305 with 142 home runs and 506 RBIs. He was named the American League Most Valuable Player in 2010 after hitting a league-high .359 with 32 homers and 100 RBIs.

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Report: Angels to Trade Josh Hamilton

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(LOS ANGELES) -- After two disastrous seasons with the Angels, Los Angeles appears poised to trade Josh Hamilton back to the Texas Rangers, according to multiple reports. 

Hamilton, a recovering alcoholic and former drug abuser, suffered a relapse this offseason. He was facing at least a 25 game suspension until a five-person arbitration panel ruled that he would not be suspended. 

The day of the decision the Angels released a statement: 

"The Angels have serious concerns about Josh’s conduct, health and behavior and we are disappointed that he has broken an important commitment which he made to himself, his family, his teammates and our fans. We are going to do everything possible to assure he receives proper help for himself and for the well-being of his family.”

 The Angels signed Hamilton to a five-year, $125 million deal in2013 after he spent the previous five seasons with the Rangers. 

He never captured the same magic with the Angels that rejuvenated his career in Texas. The 2010 MVP, hit only 31 home runs in two seasons with L.A. -- he hit 43 in 2012 -- and his batting average steadily declined topping out at .263 in 2014. 

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Russell Wilson Not Giving Up on Two-Sport Dream

Kevin Casey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Could Russell Wilson be joining the likes of Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders, who've played two sports professionally?


In a recent interview with HBO's Real Sports, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback did not rule out pursuing a full-time career in baseball along with football.
"I never want to kill the dream of playing two sports," Wilson said. "I would honestly play two sports."


Wilson played both baseball and football while at NC State. He was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles out of high school and was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in 2010. He spent 2010 and 2011 in the Rockies farm system and was drafted by the Texas Rangers during the Rule 5 draft in December 2013.

He was able to be selected because MLB allows teams to draft players who have never been called up to the big leagues after spending at least four years in another franchise's farm system.

"I don't know," Wilson said when asked if he'd consider playing both sports full time. "I may push the envelope a little bit one of these days."

According to, Wilson hit .229 in 315 at-bats during his minor league career with the Rockies.

He has participated in Rangers spring training practices the past two seasons as well.

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Derek Holland Won't Throw for at Least a Month  

Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- Texas Rangers starting pitcher Derek Holland will not throw for 4-6 weeks after leaving his start against Houston Friday with a strain in his left shoulder.

It was evident something was wrong with Holland from his very first pitch when Holland's velocity was under 90 miles per hour. Holland lasted nine pitches before exiting the game.

"I was hoping the radar gun was off or he would get loose," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said.

After Holland is allowed to throw again it is projected he will need at least one month of rebuilding arm strength before he can pitch for the Rangers.

"I'm beat up about this," Holland said. "I felt it on the last warmup pitch and I just wanted to make sure I got through the inning. Everything was great in the 'pen. I joke around about it now with (catcher Robinson) Chirinos. I was spotting up, everything was good, ball was coming out great and then to come out here and throw the first pitch and have it go down the drain like that, it crushes you."

The 28-year-old Holland missed most of last season after undergoing microfracture knee surgery.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 4/9/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Detroit Tigers 7 (3-0) – Minnesota Twins 1 (0-3)

Cincinnati Reds 3 (3-0) – Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (0-3)

Kansas City Royals 4 (3-0) – Chicago White Sox 1 (0-3)

New York Mets 6 (2-1) – Washington Nationals 3 (1-2)

Cleveland Indians 5 (2-1) – Houston Astros 1 (1-2)

San Francisco Giants 1 (3-1) – San Diego Padres 0 (1-3)

Texas Rangers 10 (2-2) – Oakland Athletics 1 (2-2)

Boston Red Sox 6 (2-1) – Philadelphia Phillies 2 (1-2)

Toronto Blue Jays 6 (2-1) – New York Yankees 3 (1-2)

NBA: Chicago Bulls 89 (47-32) – Miami Heat 78 (35-44)

Golden State Warriors 116 (64-15) - Portland Trail Blazers 105 (51-28)

NHL:  Ottawa Senators 3 (42-26-13; 97pts) – New York Rangers 0 (52-22-7; 111pts)

Carolina Hurricanes 3 (30-40-11; 71pts) – Philadelphia Flyers 1 (33-30-18; 84pts)

Florida Panthers 4 (37-29-15; 89pts) – Boston Bruins 2 (41-27-13; 95pts)

Montreal Canadiens 4 (49-22-10; 108pts) – Detroit Red Wings 3 (42-25-14; 98pts) OT

Tampa Bay Lightning 4 (49-24-8; 106pts) – New Jersey Devils 3 (32-35-14; 78pts) OT

St. Louis Blues 2 (50-24-7; 107pts) – Chicago Blackhawks 1 (48-27-6; 102pts)

Minnesota Wild 4 (46-27-8; 100pts) – Nashville Predators 2 (47-24-10; 104pts)

Vancouver Canucks 5 (47-29-5, 99pts) - Arizona Coyotes 0 (24-49-8, 56pts)

Calgary Flames 3 (45-29-7, 97pts) - Los Angeles Kings 1 (39-27-15, 93pts)

San Jose Sharks 3 (40-32-9, 89pts) - Edmonton Oilers 1 (24-44-13, 61pts)

Colorado Avalanche 1 (38-31-12, 88pts) - Winnipeg Jets 0 (42-26-13, 97pts) SO

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