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Hamilton Homers Again, But Not Ready To Declare Slump Over

Josh Hamilton has homered in back-to back games for the first time since late May

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    Rangers’ outfielder Josh Hamilton has homered in each of the team’s past two games, but he’s not convinced that this is a sign that his June swoon is over.

    Following back-to-back 1-for-4 performances against the Detroit Tigers, Hamilton is hitting .200 for the month, with 10 RBIs--and he hasn’t gone a game without a strikeout since June 18. This week marks the first time Hamilton has homered in back-to-back games since late May, but the Texas slugger is far from ready to declare himself out of the woods, so to speak.

    “Right now I’m just going up there and whatever happens, happens,” Hamilton said, per the Dallas Morning News. “The big thing is seeing pitches and not swinging at pitches out of the zone.

    “I kind of laugh at myself when I swing at pitches above your head. You see it come out of his hand and you’re thinking, `Ball.’ Then you’re body goes, `OK, swing.’ You can’t be mad about stuff like that. You learn from it and try to stay calm. That’s it.”

    Hamilton will get back to work against the Tigers’ Doug Fister tonight, a pitcher against whom Hamilton has a .200 lifetime average and a pair of RBIs.