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April 1, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
CINCINNATI - Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton, who had expressed curiosity about how he would be greeted in Cincinnati, received a warm ovation from fans here before the season opener between the Angels and Reds. Angels first baseman Albert Pujols, who starred for the rival St. Louis Cardinals, was booed loudly. Hamilton made his major league debut for the Reds on April 2, 2007, as a pinch-hitter. The Reds had acquired him four months earlier, in the Rule 5 draft. Hamilton had grown up in North Carolina and had spent the previous seven years of his career in the Tampa Bay organization.
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April 12, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
The Angels have played three games since cleanup batter Josh Hamilton went on the disabled list. The cleanup batters: David Freese in the first game, Raul Ibanez in the second and Howie Kendrick in the third. Kendrick, the Angels' second baseman, has started 903 career games, 12 in the cleanup spot. For now, Kendrick is likely to be the cleanup batter against left-handed starters, Manager Mike Scioscia said. The Angels like the idea of a left-handed batter behind Albert Pujols and in the cleanup spot against right-handers, Scioscia said.
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March 8, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Temperatures are rising in the Phoenix area, but the Angels offense has cooled considerably since the team banged out 15 hits in a 15-3 win over the Chicago Cubs in their Cactus League opener on Feb. 28. In eight exhibition games since, the Angels, who face an Arizona split squad Saturday at Tempe Diablo Stadium, have combined for 25 runs and 69 hits. Only three Angels regulars seem to be swinging the bat well: catcher Chris Iannetta, who is hitting .500 (four for eight)
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April 9, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
SEATTLE -- Josh Hamilton injured his left thumb sliding head-first into first base Tuesday night, but that didn't prevent the Angels left fielder from giving Major League Baseball two thumbs down to an instant-replay ruling in the fifth inning of the Angels' 5-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners. With a runner on second and one out, Corey Hart lofted a fly ball to deep left that Hamilton appeared to catch above his head and pull toward his body, but the ball squirted out on the glove-to-hand transfer and fell to the ground.
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April 22, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Mike Scioscia dropped struggling right fielder Josh Hamilton from the cleanup spot to fifth in the batting order for Monday night's game against the Texas Rangers, but the Angels manager said the move is not permanent. Until Hamilton, batting .176 with 23 strikeouts in 68 at-bats before Monday, snaps out of his funk, first baseman Mark Trumbo will bat cleanup against left-handed starters. Texas was scheduled to start lefty Derek Holland on Monday. Hamilton is expected to return to the fourth spot against right-handers Alexi Ogando and Yu Darvish Tuesday and Wednesday night.
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December 13, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
The Angels have no official comment on Josh Hamilton, but that has not stopped at least one of their employees to drop the slugger's name in a sales pitch. In a voice mail message Thursday afternoon -- a message replayed for a Times reporter -- the employee tries to persuade a fan to renew his season-ticket package. "I'm sure you heard we just signed Josh Hamilton today, so things are getting pretty crazy," the employee said. "If you are interested, give me a call back as soon as possible.
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June 19, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
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.
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October 11, 2012
Writers from around Tribune Co. will discuss Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton, who will become a free agent during the off-season. Check back throughout the day for their responses and join the conversation with a comment of your own. Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times The question is rooted in another question: What kind of trust has Josh Hamilton earned? The Texas Rangers' superstar outfielder has overcome alcohol and chemical dependency issues to become the player scouts first projected in making him the No. 1 amateur pick in 1999, winning an American League MVP in 2010 and leading his team to back-to-back World Series appearances.
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June 9, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
BOSTON - Josh Hamilton, moved from the fifth spot to the second spot Saturday in an attempt to jump-start his sagging bat, laughed when asked if he thought he might see more fastballs with speedy leadoff Mike Trout on base. “No, absolutely not,” said the struggling right fielder, who enters Sunday's game against the Boston Red Sox with a .216 average, eight home runs, 18 runs batted in and 63 strikeouts. “What does it matter if you get them if they aren't going to be strikes?
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July 26, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
OAKLAND - Before Josh Hamilton faced Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon on Friday night, he rode a BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) train from San Francisco to the Oakland Coliseum, the Angels right fielder's commute altered by a bomb scare that shut down the Bay Bridge in both directions earlier in the day. All of the Angels regulars except Hamilton took the first bus from the team hotel to the stadium, but by the time Hamilton went to the lobby at...
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April 9, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna, This post has been updated. See below
SEATTLE -- Josh Hamilton has a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb and said he will undergo surgery in the coming days, a procedure that could sideline the hot-hitting Angels left fielder for six to eight weeks. Hamilton, who injured the thumb on a head-first slide into first base in the seventh inning of Tuesday night's 5-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners, also tore a capsule in the thumb. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list and replaced on the roster by outfielder J.B. Shuck, who was recalled from triple-A Salt Lake.
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April 9, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
SEATTLE -- X-rays on Josh Hamilton's left thumb, which he injured in a head-first slide into first base trying to beat out a seventh-inning grounder Tuesday night, were negative, but the Angels left fielder will undergo an MRI test on Wednesday to determine if there is any ligament or tendon damage. “It hurts,” Hamilton said after the Angels' 5-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. “It stinks that it happened. I don't know how many times I've done that before and this has never happened.
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April 9, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
SEATTLE -- Texas General Manager Jon Daniels wanted to cover his eyes every time former Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton barreled toward first base and launched his 6-foot-4, 240-pound frame headfirst into the bag. "He drove me crazy when he did that," Daniels said in a 2013 interview. "You have a 240-pound guy who is as fast and as explosive as he is … you just cringe when he dives in. You're saying, 'Get up! Get up!' But that's his style of play. I don't think you can take that from him. " Hamilton's aggressive - some would say reckless - approach usually serves him well, but his latest ill-advised and instinct-induced dive into first base will take the hot-hitting left fielder away from the Angels for six to eight weeks.
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April 8, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Mariners 5, Angels 3 KEY MOMENT: Angels left-hander Hector Santiago struck out Brad Miller for what appeared to be the third out of the third inning, but his strike-three wild pitch went to the backstop, allowing Miller to reach base. That sparked a four-run rally, as Robinson Cano walked, Justin Smoak hit a run-scoring single and Corey Hart hit a towering three-run homer to left on an 0-2 fastball for a 4-3 Seattle lead. BOX SCORE: Mariners 5, Angels 3 AT THE PLATE: Mike Trout singled, Albert Pujols crushed a two-run homer to left, and David Freese followed with a solo shot to center for a 3-0 Angels lead in the first.
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April 7, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
HOUSTON - Josh Hamilton has a little more bounce in his step these days, which is understandable. The Angels left fielder is batting .500 (12 for 24) with two home runs and six runs batted in through seven games, and he drew three walks in a game for the first time since 2009 and only the fourth time in his career Monday in a 9-1 victory over the Houston Astros in Minute Maid Park. The hot start on the heels of a dismal 2013 may have something to do with the bounce that has returned to Hamilton's stance, a timing mechanism that has helped the normally free-swinging slugger "slow the game down," see the ball better and lay off the pitches he often got himself out on last season.
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April 6, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Astros 7, Angels 4 KEY MOMENT: There were five of them, actually, Jason Castro's two-run homer to left-center in the first, solo shots by Matt Dominguez to left in the second, Jesus Guzman to left in the fourth and Alex Presley to right-center in the fifth, and Jonathan Villar's two-run shot to right off Angels reliever Matt Shoemaker in the seventh that gave the Astros a commanding 7-1 lead. AT THE PLATE: The Angels (2-4) rallied for three runs in the ninth when Albert Pujols singled, Josh Hamilton doubled, Raul Ibanez hit a two-run single, Howie Kendrick singled, and Erick Aybar hit run-scoring single to make it 7-4 and bring the tying run to the plate.
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March 16, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz. - Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton is set to make his Cactus League debut Monday, giving him two weeks to get ready for opening day. Hamilton strained his left calf three weeks ago. He is expected to be the Angels' designated hitter Monday - and the cleanup hitter and left fielder in the March 31 opener against the Seattle Mariners. Neither Hamilton nor Manager Mike Scioscia expressed doubt about whether Hamilton would be prepared for the opener. Hamilton got 60 at-bats last spring, in 21 games.
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June 3, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
The Angels held Josh Hamilton out of their starting lineup Monday, the second time in 16 days that they have given the struggling outfielder what Manager Mike Scioscia calls "a recharge day. " Hamilton is batting .216, the lowest average of any regular in the American League West. The Houston Astros started left-hander Erik Bedard on Monday; Hamilton is batting .169 against left-handers, with no home runs and 24 strikeouts in 59 at-bats. "This is a half-step back that maybe gets him to take two steps forward," Scioscia said.
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April 5, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Angels 5, Astros 1 KEY MOMENT: Josh Hamilton, who struck out four times in his first five at-bats against left-handers this season, hit a two-run home run to right field against left-hander Dallas Keuchel to cap a three-run rally and give the Angels a 4-1 lead in the fifth inning. BOX SCORE: Angels 5, Astros 1 AT THE PLATE: Hamilton beat the Astros' exaggerated shift with two infield singles that would have been routine grounders to a normally positioned shortstop.
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April 5, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
HOUSTON - There are probably a bunch of crumpled-up scouting reports on Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs in trash cans across America this weekend. The 22-year-old left-hander made six exhibition starts this spring, featuring a 94-mph, four-seam fastball, curve and changeup. But it was a sinking two-seam fastball that was most responsible for the eight-inning gem he threw in a 5-1 victory over the Houston Astros in Minute Maid Park on Saturday night. “That's what you have to do - you have to keep your secret weapon in your back pocket,” Skaggs said after giving up one run and four hits, striking out five and walking one in a masterful 95-pitch performance.
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