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Streaking Hamilton finds his groove at plate

Streaking Hamilton finds his groove at plate

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SEATTLE -- Josh Hamilton was sitting in the dugout when he heard an announcement at Safeco Field saying they had turned his eighth-inning fielder's choice into an infield hit.

He couldn't help but pump his fist.

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"I was really excited," Hamilton said, somewhat sarcastically, after the Angels' series-clinching 7-1 win.

That hit was his second of the game, giving him three straight multihit games for the first time since Aug. 25-27, 2012, and putting his batting average at a season-high .235.

"Oh trust me, I know," Hamilton said. "I looked at it in the teens for a long time -- 'Let's get to .230; .230, let's get to .240."

Hamilton's mini-surge dates back a little further than the weekend series in Seattle. Over his last 15 games, he's batting .344 (22-for-64) with a couple of homers and four walks -- albeit 15 strikeouts -- to raise his batting average ever so slightly.

"I'm starting to feel better," Hamilton said. "It's just one of those things where you finally say, 'OK, I know how to hit. I've done it for a long time. Try to eliminate a lot of people and go watch video and make sure you try to start doing the things you need to do.'"

And when did he finally figure that out?

"About a month ago," Hamilton said. "I had tried everything else. I just got overloaded with too much information. I know my swing. I know what it looks like when it's working and when it's not."

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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