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Saturday July 7th, 2012

Texas Rangers centerfielder Josh Hamilton was removed from Friday's game against the Minnesota Twins in the bottom of the fifth inning because of lower back spasms.

According to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com, Hamilton grabbed at his lower back a few times after he got a bit turned around and dropped a deep fly ball in the top of the fifth.

Leonys Martin pinch-hit for Hamilton with two outs in the bottom of the inning and stayed in centerfield. Hamilton has missed seven games this season, because of a stomach virus. He is batting .314 with 26 homers and a league-leading 74 RBIs.

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