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May 22, 2012

Tuesday pregame Rangers notes: Josh Hamilton's opens up

Josh Hamilton hasn't hit a homer in nine games after hitting nine in six, and he believes he has found the reason for his drop in power and average.

The outfielder said that his front/right shoulder has been slightly closed, which has prevented him from having both eyes on the pitcher as he throws the ball. With his pitch recognition affected, Hamilton has been chasing pitches out of the strike zone or just missing them entirely.

"It's amazing that something can be just a little off and it throws everything off," Hamilton said. "When you can't recognize them, you get too geared up."

Hamilton said that he believes he fixed the problem today in the batting cage by keeping the shoulder open or at the very least squared up to the pitcher.

The Rangers won't use the off day Thursday to alter their rotation. The order will resume with Derek Holland, Colby Lewis and Yu Darvish pitching this weekend against Toronto, and Matt Harrison will start Monday in the opener against Seattle. The next spot, which belonged to Neftali Feliz, is still considered TBA. Scott Feldman is pitching in Feliz's spot Wednesday.

Ivan Rodriguez and Jim Sundberg will be the Rangers’ representatives June 4 for the first round of the First-Year Player Draft in Secausus, N.J. The Rangers have five of the first 93 selections this year, beginning with their first choice at No. 29 overall.

The Rangers are one of five finalists for the Sports Team of the Year, which will be awarded tonight at the 2012 Sports Business Awards. Boston (NHL), Dayton (minor-league baseball), Kansas City (MLS) and Stewart-Hart Racing (NASCAR) are the other nominees.

-- Jeff Wilson



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