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Slumping Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton needs 'mental break'
Slumping Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton needs 'mental break'

Struggling slugger Josh Hamilton is not in the Angels lineup for Sunday’s series finale against the Texas Rangers in Globe Life Park, and Manager Mike Scioscia hedged when asked if Hamilton would return to the cleanup spot Monday night against the Boston Red Sox in Fenway Park. “We’re going to give him a mental break, let him exhale a bit and see where we are,” Scioscia said. “But our lineup, long range, has him in the middle of it, and we need him.” Hamilton is batting .132 (five for 38) with 18 strikeouts in his last 10 games, including a four-strikeout game in Texas on Friday night and a three-strikeout game Saturday night. He’s hitting .266...

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