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Hamilton simplifying approach as bat heats up

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LOS ANGELES -- It's too late to save his season -- or his team's -- but Josh Hamilton is finally starting to hit.

The Los Angeles Angels outfielder is hitting .348 over his past 16 games. He's now batting .235, which is the highest his average has been all season.

"Overall, if you look at his whole game over the last 20 to 25 games, it's started to come into play," manager Mike Scioscia said. "In the batter's box, he's definitely on more pitches. Hopefully it's a sign of things to come."

Hamilton said the key has been shutting out all of the well-meaning people trying to help him.

"I just got overloaded with too much information," he said. "I know my swing. I know what it looks like when it's working and when it's not."

Hamilton had two hits in each of the three games over the weekend against Seattle. He doubled in the fourth inning Sunday, sparking a four-run rally, and he needed the help of the official scorer to get his second hit. In the eighth inning, he hit a ground ball to the right of shortstop Brad Miller, whose throw was not in time to get Hamilton at first. It was initially ruled a fielder's choice, because Miller had a play at third, but changed to a hit.

"I was really excited when they changed that to a hit," said Hamilton, who admitted he was well aware that .235 marked a new high for him.
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