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Hamilton Back to Earth After Hot Start

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Hamilton Back to Earth After Hot Start

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Josh Hamilton #32 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim warms up in the batter box against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on April 5, 2013.

When the 2014 season began, it seemed that Josh Hamilton might have finally found his old self in his second season as a Los Angeles Angel after a terrible first year in 2013 after he signed a mega-deal worth nearly $130 million as a free agent following the 2012 season.

The former AL MVP for the Rangers was off to a scorching start, hitting .444 in just eight games before suffering a torn ligament in his hand. He had two homers and six RBIs in that stretch before he missed more than a month with the injury.

Since his return, Hamilton has been better than last year, but not by a lot, and the Texas Rangers will look to continue his slide this weekend in a three-game set.

In his 15 games since his return on June 3, Hamilton is hitting .266 with just a .319 on-base percentage. He's hit one long ball and has driven in eight runs. He has 19 strikeouts and five walks in those 15 games.

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