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Josh Hamilton returns to starting lineup

6/19/2012

SAN DIEGO -- Josh Hamilton is back in the Texas Rangers' lineup and starting in center field for Tuesday's game against the San Diego Padres.

Hamilton has been recovering from an intestinal virus and hasn't started since Thursday. He entered Monday's 2-1 victory over the Padres in left field in the ninth inning.

Hamilton said he's around 80-85 percent healthy.

"I feel good, excited to get back in," he said. "I made a little appearance last night. That was fun. I tested it out yesterday. Everything went good."

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