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Josh Hamilton returns after intestinal virus

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ARLINGTON, TX - JUNE 17: Josh Hamilton #32 of the Texas Rangers looks on for the dugout during the game between the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on June 17, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

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Josh Hamilton was able to come off the bench and serve as a defensive replacement in Monday’s win over the Padres. Now he’s back in center field for Tuesday’s game after missing four starts due to an intestinal virus.

Hamilton was hospitalized Friday because of the illness and then released Saturday after receiving IV fluids. He said he lost 10-15 pounds.

Hamilton, one of the early favorites for AL MVP honors this year, is hitting .330/.390/.674 with 22 homers and 62 RBI in 61 games. However, just one of those homers has come in the month of June.