AL MVP Hamilton, Cruz return to Rangers lineup



ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Reigning AL MVP Josh Hamilton and slugger Nelson Cruz are back in the Texas Rangers’ lineup.

The activation of the two Rangers hitters from the disabled list Monday is a welcome boost for AL West-leading Texas, which had lost three of their past four games. They scored a total of only five runs in that span, winning 2-0 at Philadelphia on Sunday.

Hamilton and Cruz were both in the lineup Monday night for the opener of a home series against the Chicago White Sox. Hamilton’s batting third as the designated hitter, while Cruz bats sixth and plays left field.

The Rangers were 9-1 before the April 12 game in Detroit, when Hamilton broke a bone in his upper right arm on a headfirst slide at home.