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Josh Hamilton to begin playing rehab games Wednesday

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As first reported by Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest, outfielder Josh Hamilton has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday with Double-A Frisco and expects to rejoin the Rangers next week in Baltimore.

Hamilton suffered a Grade 2 left hamstring a week into his return to Texas and will wind up missing about a month. He was batting .273/.385/.636 with two home runs, two doubles, five RBI, and five runs scored over his first seven games with the Rangers.

Texas opened play Tuesday three games back of the first-place Astros in the American League West standings. If his first seven games were any indication, Hamilton can be of huge help in closing that gap.

Miguel Gonzalez to rejoin Orioles’ rotation on Thursday

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Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez made it through a five-inning minor league rehab start on Saturday at Double-A Bowie and has been cleared to rejoin the major league rotation on Thursday in Boston, per Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun.

Gonzalez has been on the disabled list since June 11 because of a groin strain. The 31-year-old had a solid 3.33 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 59/24 K/BB ratio over his first 73 innings this season for the O’s.

Baltimore is currently in fourth place in the American League East standings but only 2 1/2 games back of the first-place Tampa Bay Rays. It’s probably going to remain a tight race all summer given the absence of a single dominant team.

Video: Cubs fan catches foul ball while feeding baby

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Father’s Day was Sunday, but this dad and Cubs fan has extended the celebration a few extra days …

The umps obviously got it right on the replay review. We can’t really recommend going after a foul ball while holding your kid and then throwing high fives to the fans behind you. But, hey, this guy pulled it off.

Brett Cecil removed from Blue Jays’ closer gig

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Brett Cecil allowed four earned runs on two walks and two hits Sunday in the Blue Jays’ loss to the Orioles, watching his season ERA rise to 5.96. And he’ll no longer be trusted in the ninth inning …

That committee should prominently feature 20-year-old right-hander Roberto Osuna, who has registered a 2.12 ERA and 0.91 WHIP in 31 appearances this season while striking out 40 batters over 34 innings.

Video: Giancarlo Stanton hit a bomb for his 26th home run

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Giancarlo Stanton pounced on a hanging Carlos Martinez slider Tuesday for his 26th home run …

Stanton leads all major leaguers in homers and is now on pace to finish the season with a whopping 59.