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Baseball Star Josh Hamilton Admits Relapse Into Drinking

Former MVP says he had a 'weak night'

(Newser) - Texas Rangers star Josh Hamilton had to step before the cameras today and admit he had a "weak night" this week when we went to a bar and had "three or four" drinks, reports the Dallas Morning News . A pro athlete tipping back a few wouldn't normally... More »

Boy Whose Dad Died at Stadium Throws First Pitch

Cooper Stone's father fell trying to catch a ball

(Newser) - Nice moment before the Texas Rangers' playoff opener yesterday: 6-year-old Cooper Stone threw out the first pitch to his favorite player, Josh Hamilton. In July, Cooper watched his father, Shannon, fall to his death at Rangers Ballpark while reaching for a ball—tossed up by Hamilton. Rangers fans were on... More »

Fallen Fan's Widow: We Still Love Rangers

Jenny Stone praises team, player Josh Hamilton

(Newser) - The widow of the firefighter who fell to his death at a Texas Rangers game says the team, baseball, and player Josh Hamilton remain precious to her and her 6-year-old son. Jenny Stone also thanked everyone who has reached out to help her family since her husband, 39-year-old Shannon Stone,... More »

Fan Falls to Death at Rangers Game

Man tried to catch foul ball Josh Hamilton flipped his way

(Newser) - A fan fell to his death at Rangers Ballpark last night after trying to catch a foul ball tossed his way by Rangers left fielder Josh Hamilton. Witnesses say 39-year-old Shannon Stone, a firefighter attending the game with his young son, asked Hamilton for the ball then went headfirst over... More »

Ex-Addict Josh Hamilton Is AL's MVP

He caps an improbable comeback with league honor

(Newser) - Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton is the runaway winner of the American League's MVP award. He got 22 first-place votes and 358 points in voting announced by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Hamilton, who overcame eight trips to rehabilitation throughout his career for drug and alcohol addiction, led the major... More »

Texas Rangers Head to 1st World Series

Beat the Yankees 6-1 in Game 6

(Newser) - Fireworks and confetti filled the Texas sky, flags were raised, and players doused each other with ginger ale last night—and with good reason: The Texas Rangers will advance to their first World Series in the franchise's 39-year history. And to make their berth even more satisfying, the Rangers earned... More »

Morneau Wins HR Derby, But Hamilton Wows

28-homer first round starts off the All-Star break with a blast

(Newser) - Justin Morneau won the Home Run Derby last night, but Josh Hamilton got all the attention—and rightly so, writes the New York Times. The Texas slugger hit a record 28 bombs in the first round alone, and smashed 35 homers total, to Morneau's 22. “I rarely watch myself... More »

Hamilton Beats Drugs, Odds in Comeback

Rangers fielder, once banished from league, having red-hot spring

(Newser) - Josh Hamilton can appreciate the high he's riding now, because his personal lows have been pretty rough. The first pick of baseball's 1999 draft was booted in 2004 for failing drug tests after picking up a cocaine habit. But now the Rangers outfielder has traded a bottle of Crown Royal... More »

Rangers, Hamilton Smack Astros

RBI machine hits two of Texas' six home runs

(Newser) - Josh Hamilton went 5-for-5 with two long homers and five RBIs, and the Texas Rangers, with six home runs total, beat the Houston Astros 16-8 Friday night in a wild Lone Star Series opener. Ian Kinsler scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning on a close play that led... More »

Vazquez Homers in 10th as Rangers Rally Past M's

(Newser) - The only real fireworks between Texas and Seattle this time were the pyrotechnic displays after back-to-back home runs by Josh Hamilton and Milton Bradley, and then the 10th-inning game-winning shot by Ramon Vazquez as the Rangers rallied for a 13-12 victory Monday night. More »

Rangers beat Mariners 10-1

(Newser) - Major league RBIs leader Josh Hamilton, Michael Young and David Murphy drove in three runs each to support stingy starter Sidney Ponson in the Texas Rangers' 10-1 victory over the sinking Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night. Seattle lost for the sixth time in seven games before the smallest crowd in... More »

Hamilton's Grand Slam Lifts Rangers 11-9

Teams combine for 25 hits, seven home runs in slugfest

(Newser) - Josh Hamilton capped a torrid April with his first career grand slam and the Texas Rangers hit a season-high five home runs to beat the Kansas Royals 11-9 Wednesday night. Rookie Brandon Boggs hit his first major league homer, and Milton Bradley, David Murphy and Gerald Laird also homered for... More »

Rangers' Padilla Tosses Shutout Against Twins

Texas takes 2 of 3 from Minnesota; Bradley, Hamilton homer

(Newser) - Vicente Padilla threw a seven-hitter for his third career shutout, Milton Bradley had a three-run homer and the Texas Rangers beat the Minnesota Twins 10-0 on Sunday. Padilla (3-2) struck out two, walked two and didn't allow a runner past second. Jason Botts and Josh Hamilton also homered, and Hamilton... More »

Ortiz, Ramirez Push Red Sox to Comeback Win

Eighth-inning rally downs Rangers, bails out starter Lester

(Newser) - Manny Ramirez hit a two-run homer after slumping slugging partner David Ortiz tied it with an RBI single in the eighth inning, lifting the Boston Red Sox to a 5-3 win over the Texas Rangers last night. Dustin Pedroia doubled off the Green Monster against Joaquin Benoit (1-1) with one... More »

Hamilton Gets A Second Chance

Reds centerfielder Josh Hamilton took a detour into drug addiction

(Newser) - Josh Hamilton was supposed to be a star. A North Carolina kid with Justin Timberlake  looks and astonishing skills at the plate and on the mound, he was so focused on the game he couldn't be bothered to go to the senior prom. But then he discovered cocaine. The drugs... More »

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