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April 07, 2013

Josh Hamilton has drama-filled series against Rangers

Josh Hamilton couldn't help but make headlines this weekend in his return to Rangers Ballpark.

He made some more on Sunday night when some social media reports suggested he made obscene gestures toward the crowd. Hamilton denied that he did anything along those lines.

"I never would do that. Ever," Hamilton told reporters. "I never would flip anybody off."

Rangers fans showered Hamilton with chants throughout the series. Hamilton felt some crossed the line, such as "Sherlock's" and "crack head," references to his past struggles with drug and alcohol addiction.

Others, such as "baseball town," amused Hamilton, who created a stir this spring by saying Dallas--Fort Worth wasn't a "baseball town." Hamilton, at times, would play to the fans by pretending to throw a football.

Hamilton's first game back was the story of the day Friday, and he made more news Saturday when it became known extra security was needed for his family who sat in the stands on Friday.

As far as if his return was what he expected, Hamilton said: "A little more hectic than I expected. The persistency of the crowd, which after the first couple of bats the first day I understood, I was able to block it out better. It was surprising, but not real surprising. A little disapoointing more than anything."

-- Drew Davison

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