Hamilton working way out of slump

Hamilton working way out of slump

Hamilton working way out of slump
ARLINGTON -- After hitting just one home run in his first 19 games this month, Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton has homered twice in his last two games entering Wednesday's finale with the Detroit Tigers.

Coming into this three-game series, Hamilton, the American League Player of the Month in May, was hitting .194 with 27 strikeouts in June. He had only two hits in the series' first two games, but they were both home runs, marking the seventh time this season Hamilton homered in consecutive games.

"Right now, it's just go up there and whatever happens happens," Hamilton said. "The biggest thing is seeing pitches and not swinging at pitches out of the zone."

Hamilton's solo home run in the seventh inning of Tuesday's 7-5 win was his 24th of the year, giving him the most homers through 75 games in team history. Despite his recent struggles -- he has struck out 13 times in his last seven games -- his 67 RBIs and .656 slugging percentage still lead the Major Leagues.

"I just kind of laugh at myself when you swing at pitches that are above your head," Hamilton said. "You see it coming out of the guy's hand and you're like, 'Ball,' but your body goes, 'OK, swing,' and you're like 'What the crap, man?"