"What are you talking about?" Hamilton said, tongue planted firmly in cheek. "I've been having great at-bats."
He then stepped to the plate and proved it, ripping a double off the glove of left fielder Julio Lugo in the first inning.
In his past five games before Friday, Hamilton was 1-for-16 and had seen his league-leading average drop from .364 to .353, which is still tops in the Majors by 13 points. The last time he went hitless in three straight games was April 17-20. He's been hitless in three straight games only three times this season.
"Every player goes through [slumps], so it's not a big deal," he said. "I got out of my routine for a couple of days, so I got back in my routine. I felt good last night -- every at-bat got a little better. Just try to not do too much."
Rangers manager Ron Washington isn't concerned by Hamilton's struggles, especially since Hamilton has a baseball-best 22 games with three or more hits and is leading the Majors with 282 total bases and 161 hits. His .618 slugging percentage and 66 extra-base hits are second most in the Major Leagues.
The fact that the Rangers are on a four-game losing streak only magnifies what Hamilton is going through, Washington said.
"As hot as Josh has been, I don't know if he could have kept that pace up," Washington said. "It's certainly hurting us that ... it happened through this road trip, but Josh can get back on track. I don't think anyone could have stayed as hot as he was."