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Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton, who’s been leading the majors in batting average, said he will be “praying a lot” for the Greenberg-Ryan group to become the team’s owner.

“He’s a former player. He (Ryan) knows what it takes to go out and play the game on an everyday basis. You want to have a guy like that, who’s been through it,” Hamilton said before Thursday’s game against the Angels.

Hamilton also said Cuban is a very involved owner “like a Jerry Jones is with his (Dallas Cowboys) team. It’s all about the wins and losses and how we’re going to get it done and yelling at your players and that sort of thing. It’s different between the two groups. … Personalities clash. I hope we get the right personalities we need to make this thing work.”

Under the procedures set last week, starting bids for the Rangers must be at least $15 million higher than $306.7 million, which is the cash portion of Greenberg-Ryan group’s offer. As the process continues, each bid must go up at least $2 million.

The Greenberg-Ryan bid totals about $575 million and includes paying the full $204 million owed to unsecured creditors. Topping the list of unsecured creditors is New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, who is owed $24.9 million in deferred compensation six years after he was traded.

The Greenberg-Ryan bid also includes legal costs and damages if Hicks is sued after the sale _ which creditors have threatened to do in order to recoup the full $525 million in loans that Hicks Sports Group defaulted on last year. That group’s bid also includes the Rangers Ballpark lease, which was transferred from another Hicks’ company to the team before the bankruptcy filing.

The judge has not yet ruled on a lawsuit filed by JP Morgan Chase, a creditor, seeking to sever the stadium lease from the sale. The bank contends that it did not consent to the transfer, as required in its loan agreement, so the ballpark lease is not the team’s property.

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AP freelance writer Ken Sins contributed to this report.