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April 30, 2012

Monday's Rangers notes: Hamilton out of lineup; Beltre at DH

Josh Hamilton still feels the tightness in his back that forced him out of Sunday night's game against Tampa Bay, and is not in the lineup tonight against Toronto. Hamilton said the tightness isn't as severe as it was but the team is taking a precautionary approach.

"Why push it?" Hamilton said. "We're 20 games into the season. ... I'm going to have a spa day."

Here are a few other notes from Monday:

* Adrian Beltre is the designated hitter. The Rangers want to limit the number of games Beltre will play on the Rogers Centre AstroTurf. Beltre said his hamstring felt good but agreed with manager Ron Washington's decision. Washington wouldn't speculate whether Beltre would DH the entire series or not, saying it'd be a day-of decision.

* Catcher Mike Napoli knows that he could have called Rogers Centre home. The Angels traded Napoli to the Blue Jays prior to the 2011 season. Toronto then dealt him to Texas. "It was pretty crazy, but thankfully I'm a Texas Ranger," Napoli said.

* The Rangers got to their Toronto hotel at 5:30 a.m. ET on Monday. Reliever Mike Adams said players never get used to the grueling travel schedule, but deal with it.

-- Drew Davison


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