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July 18, 2012

Josh Hamilton's average teetering at .300

Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton made an out in his first at-bat of the season. His average since then, though, had been above .300 until his second at-bat Tuesday night. He struck out to drop to .299, then fanned again as he slid to .298.

But a homer to start the eighth pushed him back to .300, and that's where his average sits ahead of Wednesday's afternoon game at Oakland. The career .307 hitter is aware that his average has dipped since his torrid start, but isn't overly concerned.

"I know it's gone down the last month or month and a half," he said. "I'm going to end up where I'm supposed to end up. There is going to be a couple more times this season where I get hot, so I'm not really panicking at all."

Hamilton struck out in all three at-bats against Bartolo Colon as he struggled with his timing, but started the eighth with a homer off left-hander Jordan Norberto. The key for Hamilton, he said, is for his hands to start going back as soon as the pitcher breaks his hands.

"Every at-bat is a new at-bat," said Hamilton, who has 28 homers. "I feel fine at the plate. You fight yourself sometimes. Sometimes you're up there just to be up there instead of focusing on every pitch."

-- Jeff Wilson 


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