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Hamilton Heating Up, So Are Angels

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    NEWSLETTERS

    The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in California are still a ways back of the Texas Rangers and first-place Oakland A's in the AL West standings, but they're starting to make a small push.

    And the main culprit behind the resurgence? None other than former Rangers slugger/ball of drama Josh Hamilton, who's on a tear over the past two weeks and is finally starting to show a resemblance to the Josh Hamilton of the first half of 2012.

    Over his past 14 games, the Angels are 11-3 and Hamilton is trying to break out of a year-long slump (calendar year, that is) and is starting to do a pretty good job of it. In that span, Hamilton is hitting .346 with a .426 on-base percentage and a .654 slugging percentage with four homers and 14 RBIs. In Wednesday's win over the Cubs, Hamilton joined in on the Angels' home-run party with two long balls of his own and a season-high five RBIs.

    Hamilton is still having a bit of a problem with the strikeout, which inexplicably began in June of last year with the Rangers as he's fanned an average of once per game in that 14-game span, but the rest of the numbers are starting to come around.