"You can make a stupid play one minute and a great one the next," Hamilton said. "That's what drives you crazy about the game and makes you love it. More times than not, it drives you crazy."
Hamilton tripped and fell trying to field Daniel Nava's eighth-inning double, and the error allowed
But Hamilton had a key hit in a four-run ninth inning, following
Hamilton also hit a score-tying, two-run home run in the ninth inning of the Angels' 6-5, 10-inning win over St. Louis on Thursday night. Friday night, his error allowed a run to score in Boston's 6-2 win.
Hamilton, emerging from a season-long funk, was one for three Sunday and has a 12-game hitting streak. He is hitting .372 (16 for 43) with two home runs and nine runs batted in during the stretch to raise his batting average from .207 to .230.
"I'm still not there," Hamilton said. "For the most part, I feel good. It's about focusing every time you're up. You have a small window, you've got to clear everything out. I'm doing a better job of that and of having that confidence, going up there knowing what I can do."
As of Sunday,
"It's a 'no' right now," said Trumbo, who finished third in the event last year.
Trumbo, who leads the Angels with 19 home runs, said in June he would not participate in the derby if he was not an All-Star because "I think it's awkward to do it if you're not on the team."
Trumbo was not selected to the
Trumbo hit .306 with 22 home runs and 57 RBIs before the break in 2012 and .227 with 10 home runs and 38 RBIs afterward. Though he didn't blame his struggles on the derby, the event has been known to mess up swings.
"I'm not a fan of it," Manager
Rested, not rusty
Somewhat lost in Saturday's win was a superb outing by
The key, Frieri said, was an alteration in his pregame routine to accommodate for the downtime between appearances. He usually throws off flat ground before games, but last week he threw 15 to 20 pitches off a bullpen mound one day.
"I don't want to feel too strong," said Frieri, who has a 2.95 earned-run average and 22 saves. "When I'm too strong, I don't know where the ball is going."
Frieri looked dominant in the ninth inning Sunday, striking out three of the four batters he faced, two on 97-mph fastballs, one on a 96-mph fastball.