Baseball - Rangers release former AL MVP Hamilton

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- Former American League Most Valuable Player Josh Hamilton, who is bidding to return to the Major Leagues, was released by the Texas Rangers on Friday. The Rangers released Hamilton from his minor league contract after the 36-year-old sustained a right knee injury while rehabilitating his left knee. "I plan to have surgery on my right knee and then evaluate the situation," Hamilton said in a statement. Hamilton, who turns 36 in May, was a five-time All-Star for the Rangers and won MVP honors in 2010 when he led the AL with a .359 batting average, 32 home run sand 100 runs-batted-in. He hit a career-best 43 homers in 2012 and departed as a free agent to sign with the Angels in Anaheim.