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June 26, 2012

Josh Hamilton 'not really' feeling better at plate after homering past two nights

Josh Hamilton went deep for the second time in as many nights on Tuesday, but doesn't feel much better at the plate than he did when he struck out seven times over two games on Friday and Saturday.

Asked if the past two nights have helped, Hamilton said: "Not really. Right now, it's just go up there and whatever happens, happens. The biggest thing is seeing pitches and not swinging at pitches out of the zone.

"I just kind of laugh at myself when you swing at pitches that are above your head. You see it come out of the guys' hand, and you're like ball. Then your body goes, OK, swing. And you're like, 'What the crap?' You can't be mad about stuff like that. You learn from it and you try to stay calm. That's my thing right now. Seeing pitches, staying calm. That's it."

Hamilton went 0 for 3 with a strikeout his first three at-bats against the Tigers on Tuesday, but sent a solo shot over the right-center field fence to lead off the seventh inning. He had a 1 for 4 night on Monday, too, with a solo homer.

Hamilton was laughing with hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh after his home run on Tuesday, and shared that conversation after the game.

"I just told him, 'See how easy it is when you get out of your own way?'" Hamilton said. "Just go up and have fun and play and not think about anything and just react. It's so simple when you do it that way. I don't know why you don't do it that way all the time."

Hamilton, who was the American League player of the month in April and May, has struggled all June. He is now batting .200 with three home runs and 10 RBIs in 21 games this month.

-- Drew Davison

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