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Athletics Vs. Rangers Lineups: Josh Hamilton Returns In Key Series Opener

The Texas Rangers received good news earlier today, as it was announced Josh Hamilton will return to their lineup as his team opens an important four-game series against the Oakland Athletics on Monday night in Texas.

The Rangers, owners of the American League's best record, currently lead the A's by four games with just ten remaining. Texas will go with Derek Holland (11-6, 4.42 ERA) on the mound, who has a 5.06 ERA against Oakland this season. The A's will counter with Dan Straily (2-1, 4.13), who is making his first appearance against the Rangers.

Here are the rest of tonight's lineups:

ATHLETICS (86-66)

1. Stephen Drew SS
2. Jonny Gomes DH
3. Yoenis Cespedes CF
4. Chris Carter 1B
5. Brandon Moss LF
6. Josh Donaldson 3B
7. Josh Reddick RF
8. Derek Norris C
9. Cliff Pennington 2B

RANGERS (90-62)

1. Ian Kinsler 2B
2. Elvis Andrus SS
3. Josh Hamilton CF
4. Adrian Beltre 3B
5. Nelson Cruz RF
6. Michael Young DH
7. David Murphy LF
8. Mike Napoli C
9. Mitch Moreland 1B

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.