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OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 10:  Joey Gallo #13 of the Texas Rangers enters the dugout before the game against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum on June 10, 2015 in Oakland, California. The Oakland Athletics defeated the Texas Rangers 5-4. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

Joey Gallo starting in center field for Rangers on Saturday

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Interesting lineup note for the Rangers today, as rookie Joey Gallo is starting in center field against the Blue Jays. Let’s just say that he doesn’t have much in the way of experience at the position…

Gallo has appeared in 13 games in left field this season between the majors and the minors, but otherwise he has exclusively played third base. However, he’s getting the nod over the struggling Leonys Martin in center field this afternoon.

Adrian Beltre returned from his thumb injury this week and the Rangers are close to getting Josh Hamilton and Delino DeShields, Jr. back from the disabled list, so Gallo could be headed down to the minors soon. The 21-year-old is batting .224/.306/.461 with five home runs and 10 RBI over his first 22 games in the majors. He has struck out in 42.4 percent of his plate appearances.

Josh Hamilton doubles at Double-A, nears return to Rangers

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Josh Hamilton began a minor-league rehab assignment Wednesday at Double-A, going 1-for-3 with a double as he comes back from a strained left hamstring.

He’s expected to move to Triple-A for a game Thursday and is aiming to come off the disabled list early next week after being out for three-plus weeks so far.

Hamilton missed the first six weeks of the season recovering from shoulder surgery and substance abuse relapses, being traded (or having his contract dumped) from the Angels to the Rangers. He looked good early on for Texas, hitting .273 with two homers, two doubles, four walks, and a 1.021 OPS in seven games before getting hurt again.

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.