Josh Hamilton is out of the lineup again

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Josh Hamilton said, when he first hurt his back over the weekend, that he hoped he wouldn’t miss any time.  Well, he’s missing time: he’s out of the Rangers’ lineup for the third straight day as he sits for today’s daytime tilt with the Blue Jays.

This could be a blessing in disguise, of course. The Rangers are off tomorrow, so missing today gives him two more full days of rest. Plus, the Jays play on artificial turf and that is way harder on a fragile body than the grass will be in Cleveland come Friday.

Danny Farquhar taken to hospital after fainting in dugout

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White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar passed out in the dugout after completing his outing against the Astros on Friday evening. The cause of the incident has yet to be determined, but Farquhar was supervised by the club’s medical personnel and EMTs and regained consciousness before being taken to Rush University Medical Center for further treatment and testing. A diagnosis has not been announced by the team.

Farquhar pitched 2/3 of an inning in relief during Friday’s 10-0 loss to Houston. He was brought in to relieve James Shields in the top of the sixth inning and was immediately bested by George Springer, who belted a ground-rule double down the right field line and scored Brian McCann and Derek Fisher for the Astros’ sixth and seventh runs of the night. He recovered to strike out Jose Altuve, but was again punished with a two-run homer from Carlos Correa (his first of two), and induced a fly out to end the inning.

The 31-year-old righty pitched just 7 1/3 innings with the club prior to Friday’s performance, issuing four hits, three runs, two homers and eight strikeouts in seven appearances.