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Josh Hamilton dropped to seventh in Angels batting order

June 19, 2013|By Mike DiGiovanna
  • Josh Hamilton was moved from the No. 2 position the Angels' batting order to the No. 7 spot after another poor performance at the plate against the Mariners on Tuesday.
Josh Hamilton was moved from the No. 2 position the Angels' batting… (Jae C. Hong / Associated…)

One night after he accounted for eight outs, with three double-play grounders and two strikeouts in a 3-2 loss to Seattle, Josh Hamilton was dropped from the second spot in the order to seventh for Wednesday night’s game against the Mariners.

Angels Manager Mike Scioscia had moved the struggling right fielder from the fifth spot to the second spot, between Mike Trout and Albert Pujols, on June 8 in an attempt to spark Hamilton, but it hasn’t worked.

Hamilton, the former Texas Rangers star who signed a five-year, $125-million contract with the Angels in December, is batting .213 with 10 home runs, 24 runs batted in and 73 strikeouts. The last time Hamilton hit seventh was in 2009.


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