Hamilton back in Texas lineup

Associated Press Modified: September 14, 2012 at 8:01 pm •  Published: September 14, 2012

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Slugger Josh Hamilton was back in the Texas Rangers' lineup Friday night after getting an injection to lubricate his sore left knee.

Hamilton, who leads the majors with 41 home runs and 121 home runs, was batting third and in center field against Seattle. He didn't play Thursday night in the series finale against Cleveland after coming out the previous night and then getting the shot.

"I had those in spring training, just a little lubrication," Hamilton said, jokingly referring to latest injection as a tuneup. "Get your oil changed. ... It feels 90 percent better than it did before."

While Hamilton was back in the field, third baseman Adrian Beltre was the designated hitter for the second game in a row when the AL West-leading Texas Rangers began a regular season-ending stretch of 19 consecutive games against division foes.

Beltre, like Hamilton, came out of Wednesday night's game early after hitting a homer. Beltre had soreness in his left shoulder after diving for a ball, though he convinced his manager to let him in the lineup Thursday as the DH. Washington said Beltre likely would be back at third base Saturday.

"This is my wanting to give him two days in the DH spot, so I figure he'd be ready to go back out there tomorrow," Washington said.

Right-hander Roy Oswalt likely won't throw another bullpen session until next week after experiencing discomfort while throwing Thursday.

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