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Josh Hamilton, Bobby Valentine and Baseball News from All Over
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Reigning American League MVP Josh Hamilton broke his arm sliding into home on an odd play Tuesday, and that incident, as well as Hamilton himself calling the play "stupid," has sparked a lot of discussion about the wisdom of sliding head first.

Hamilton will miss about eight weeks with the injury, a major blow for the defending AL champion Texas Rangers, who have gotten out of the blocks quickly, winning nine of their first 11, including a loss in Tuesday's game.

Also off to a hot start: the Baltimore Orioles, who won their first four and six of their first seven before losing two in a row to the Rangers over the weekend and getting rained out in New York Tuesday.

The Orioles were 32-73 when Buck Showalter took over as manager last August, and they've gone 40-26 since. That's a 301-point improvement in winning percentage, if you're keeping score.

The New York Post's Joel Sherman suggests that Showalter's success means it's time for some team to give Bobby Valentine another chance to manage.

That would be true if Bobby Valentine were Buck Showalter. But since Bobby Valentine is Bobby Valentine, does it make sense?

We'll wrestle with that and a few other baseball questions. Stay tuned.

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