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Rangers' Hamilton confirms alcohol relapse

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Texas Rangers' Josh Hamilton pauses during a baseball news conference at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, Friday, Feb. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/LM Otero) Texas Rangers' Josh Hamilton pauses during a baseball news conference at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, Friday, Feb. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

By STEPHEN HAWKINS | Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas. (AP) — Josh Hamilton's relapse with alcohol created a number of emotions for Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels.

While Daniels says there is disappointment, he says the overriding emotion and concern is for Hamilton and his family.

Hamilton, the Rangers slugger and 2010 AL MVP, said Friday that he had a relapse that started with "three or four" drinks at a Dallas-area bar Monday. He says he had more drinks later that night.

The recovering drug addict apologized for what he called a "weak moment."

Hamilton can become a free agent after this season and there had been talks about a contract extension before spring training. Daniels concurred with Hamilton that contract talks should be put off to the side for now.

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