MENTAL BREAK: Josh Hamilton, who is batting .132 (five for 38) with 18 strikeouts in his last 10 games, asked for and got Sunday off. "I felt like I was spinning my wheels and not really getting anywhere," he said. "Sometimes it's good to do that, to take a step back and not think about your swing. … I've been thinking about things too much, not playing the best I can." Asked how Hamilton went from hitting three home runs and driving six runs in seven games from July 29-Aug. 4 to his current tailspin, Manager Mike Scioscia said, "That's the $64,000 question. There have been some periods where it looks like he's putting it together. But this last week has been tough for him, and I think it's time to let him exhale a bit."