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Josh Hamilton's attempt at reviving his career during a second stint with the Texas Rangers has been interrupted.

One day after learning the former AL MVP will miss four weeks with a strained left hamstring, the Rangers move on looking to rebound from a lopsided defeat Thursday night against the visiting Chicago White Sox.

Batting .273 with two homers and five RBIs in seven games since being traded to Texas (27-26) and making his season debut from shoulder surgery, Hamilton didn't believe his current injury was serious. However, an MRI revealed a strain that halts the 34-year-old's bid for a fresh start after two disappointing seasons with the Los Angeles Angels and a more serious relapse involving cocaine and alcohol.

''It's frustrating. That's the best way I can put it,'' said Hamilton, who last played Sunday. ''But you know what? There's nothing I can do about it. All I can do is try to get better as quick as I possibly can. I've had success getting back pretty quick in the past.''

With veteran third baseman Adrian Beltre (thumb) placed on the disabled list Monday, Hamilton's injury is another blow for the Rangers, whose 9-2 loss to Chicago on Wednesday was their third in 14 game.

"I feel bad for Josh," manager Jeff Banister said. "We had a lineup before he got here. We'll continue to use that lineup."

That lineup minus Hamilton pounded out 19 hits during a 15-2 rout of the White Sox (24-27) on Tuesday, but managed three over seven scoreless innings against Chris Sale one night later.

Joey Gallo, however, provided one of Texas' six overall hits with a ninth-inning homer. That was his lone hit in four at-bats after going 3 for 4 with a home run and four RBIs in his major league debut Monday.

Looking to win a fifth straight series, the Rangers hand the ball to Yovani Gallardo (5-6, 3.88 ERA).

The right-hander will try to win a third straight start after allowing two or fewer earned runs in three of his last four outings. One of those came over six innings of Friday's 7-4 victory over Boston to improve to 3-2 with a 3.16 ERA at home.

Though this is the first time Gallardo will face Chicago, Adam LaRoche is batting .367 (11 for 30) with two homers and three doubles against him.

LaRoche had one Chicago's 12 hits as it improved to 5-5 on an 11-game trip.

After missing three games with a finger injury, White Sox slugger Jose Abreu went 2 for 4 with a two-run homer and three RBIs.

''He felt strongly about the fact that he felt fine (Wednesday),'' manager Robin Ventura said. ''Sometimes it's not easy to say 'OK, let's send him back out there.' You maybe want to give him an extra day to make sure he's all right, but you have to trust the player sometimes.''

The reigning AL Rookie of the Year is 10 for 23 with two home runs and eight RBIs in his last six games versus Texas.

Teammate Carlos Rodon (1-0, 3.45) has allowed one earned in each of his last two outings, most recently Friday on eight days' rest and over 6 1-3 innings of a 6-3, 11-inning victory at Houston.

"It worked out," the rookie left-hander told MLB's official website of the extra rest. "Made some adjustments and got down to basics, just throwing strikes. That's all you can do and all you can control."


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