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05/12/09 5:54 PM ET
Hamilton, Young in Tuesday night's lineup
Rangers get back two important offensive contributors
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton and Michael Young were both back in the Rangers' lineup on Tuesday night for their game against the Seattle Mariners at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Hamilton was activated off the disabled list after being sidelined since April 26 with a strained muscle in his left rib cage. Hamilton, who was hitting .242 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 18 games, replaces infielder Joaquin Arias, who was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma. "It means a lot getting Josh back," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "We finally get one of our big pieces back who can turn the game around with one swing of the bat and can turn a game around with his defense, too." The Rangers were 9-4 while Hamilton was on the disabled list. "That tells me we have pretty good depth," Washington said. "Somebody had to step up and they did. There wasn't any panic." Young was back in the lineup after missing two games with tightness in his lower back. Omar Vizquel had to fill in at third base during his absence, the first time he has ever had to play that position in his 21-year career. "It feels great," Young said. "I don't feel anything. I woke up on the off-day feeling good and felt even better today."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.