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July 29, 2012

Josh Hamilton downplays contract year as reason for slump

Being in a contract season isn’t weighing down Josh Hamilton, and not the cause for his prolonged slump at the plate.

As it’s been the case most of the season, Hamilton said there aren’t any on-going negotiations with the Texas Rangers on an extension.

“I’d be cheaper for them right now, but I won’t be by the end of the season,” Hamilton said with a grin.

“I have never thought about it [free agency] and never do think about it unless you all [the media] bring it up or somebody in the front office brings it up.”

Hamilton was out of the lineup on Saturday, and felt it was a much-needed break. He used it more to rest physically than mentally. He has a .119 average (7 for 59) over his past 16 games.

Hamilton is back in the lineup tonight, but is batting fifth as the designated hitter. Manager Ron Washington moved Hamilton down from his number three-hole to try and relax the slugger.

Hamilton hasn’t batted fifth since July 28, 2010. Hamilton didn’t mind the lineup switch.

“I think skip thinks that five worked a couple years ago and I ended up having an MVP-type season,” Hamilton said. “We’ll go with that again.”

-- Drew Davison


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A little humility could go a long ways.

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