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Rangers’ Josh Hamilton Seen Drinking in Bar, Morning News Says

Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was seen drinking in a Dallas bar, the four-time Major League Baseball All-Star’s second relapse in three years in fighting alcohol addiction, the Dallas Morning News reported.

The 30-year-old Hamilton, who was suspended for more than three years early in his career for alcohol and drug abuse, drank on Jan. 30 at Sherlock’s Pub & Grill, the newspaper reported yesterday citing unidentified people familiar with the episode. The American League Most Valuable Player in 2010, Hamilton has said that he has been sober since 2005.

Rangers spokesman John Blake said in an e-mail that the team would hold a press conference today and have no prior comment.

Hamilton, who submits to drug tests three times a week, acknowledged drinking in a bar in Tempe, Arizona, in January 2009.

Hamilton’s teammates, in support of his quest for sobriety, have celebrated their American League championships the last two seasons with ginger ale instead of the traditional champagne. Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler appeared at Sherlock’s in what appeared to be an attempt to convince Hamilton to return home, the Morning News said.

A career .308 hitter, Hamilton last year hit 25 home runs with 94 runs batted in. He has been named an All-Star in each of his last four seasons, all with the Rangers.

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