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ARLINGTON -- David Freese was told recently about the season-long 10-game hitting streak he took into Friday's game, and he was asked if this was the type of thing that could spark a hot stretch from the Angels third baseman.

Freese put his head down, cracked a smile out of the corner of his mouth and said, "I don't know, I feel like I've actually had a pretty good last few months."

Ever so quietly, he has.

Freese entered Friday's series opener against the Rangers carrying a .291/.366/.417 slash line since the start of June. He's currently hitting .257/.326/.361, which isn't far from the .262/.340/.381 mark he finished the 2013 season with. The right-handed-hitting Freese has struggled mightily against righties, batting .239/.304/.318, but he's pounding lefties to the tune of .319/.400/.514.

He hasn't homered since July 27, and he won't get close to the .293/.372/.467 mark he posted during his breakout season in 2012. But Freese, who could be an interesting tender decision for the Angels in December, is happy with where he's at.

"I think I've done a pretty good job of just going day by day, and not caring about results," Freese said. "I know it's all about the results and getting the job done, but if you can simplify your approach and stay within yourself, it gives you the best chance to help the team."

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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