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May 28, 2012

Monday's Rangers pregame notes: Hamilton, Ogando out tonight; Darvish's back is OK

Josh Hamilton is getting  a day off.

He stayed in bed for more than 17 hours from 8:15 p.m. Sunday until 1:30 p.m. Monday, and still had upper respiratory issues.

"The last couple of days have been a little weird," Hamilton said. "Any time you've got inner-ear stuff or sinus stuff or chest stuff, it all goes back to not feeling quite right as far as your equilibrium, just feeling off."

Hamilton called manager Ron Washington before heading to the ballpark, and Hamilton said he could use a break. It's the fourth game Hamilton will miss this month, as he missed the entire Toronto series (April 30-May 2), had a day off on April 17 against Oakland but played the final 2 1/2 innings and tonight.

"Obviously I'd like to play no matter what," Hamilton said. "But if I'm running out there and getting dizzy and stuff I probably don't need to do it."

Here are a few other notes from Monday:

* Alexi Ogando isn't available out of the bullpen tonight. He is sidelined a day after taking a liner off his right hand. Ogando said he'd be available to pitch on Tuesday.

* Ron Washington said there are no concerns with the back stiffness that limited Yu Darvish on Sunday. Darvish is expected to make his next scheduled start on Saturday at Anaheim.

* Speaking of the Angels series, Ron Washington's board has the following pitching matchups: Colby Lewis-C.J. Wilson on Friday; Yu Darvish-Jered Weaver on Saturday; and Matt Harrison-Dan Haren on Sunday. Washington said that isn't set in stone, but it's what the team is going off of.

* Former Cowboys and Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer made an apperance in the Rangers clubhouse on Monday. Switzer shared a story of when he hosted a TV show in the 1990s and interviewed Nolan Ryan. Switzer said he introduced Ryan as "Nolan Alvin from Ryan, Texas." Switzer said Ryan eventually informed him of his mistake.

-- Drew Davison

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are you kiddin' me ...what other country did I wake up in? and what the heck is that cat speakin'?

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