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Hamilton says his priorities are in order

Slugger reports early, optimistic that he can return to form after difficulties of 2009

Updated: February 19, 2010, 5:44 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Josh Hamilton strolled into the Texas Rangers clubhouse Friday morning, five days earlier than the report date for hitters, looking relaxed and comfortable.

"I'm back to my old self," Hamilton said.

He means, of course, something closer to the Hamilton of 2008 than 2009. The 2008 version was the guy who wowed the nation with his story of overcoming adversity to make it to the big leagues and crush ball after ball into the far reaches of Yankee Stadium at the Home ...

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