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Hamilton out of lineup to 'recharge,' enters game late

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ANAHEIM -- Angels slugger Josh Hamilton was initially in Saturday's lineup -- batting fifth and playing right field -- but was scratched less than two hours before the game against the White Sox. The team offered no immediate explanation for the change.

As it turns out, no explanation was needed.

"Just took a day," Hamilton said. "There always doesn't have to be a reason for things."

The Angels simply intended to give Hamilton a day off to "recharge," as manager Mike Scioscia put it.

Hamilton did not get the day completely off, however, as he was used as a defensive replacement in the seventh inning.

The right fielder also got two plate appearances in which he singled and was intentionally walked.

William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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