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Hamilton Heating Up, So Are Angels



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    ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 5: 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 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

    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.