SEATTLE -- Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton admitted the All-Star Game wore him down a little bit. "Yeah, as usual," Hamilton said. "You love to be there, it's exciting to be there, the game itself is a lot of fun. But all the media stuff wears you out." Reds manager Dusty Baker said last week he noticed that players in the All-Star Game start off the second half slow. That seems to be the case with Hamilton. He is 1-for-7 with five strikeouts in the first two games since the All-Star break and was at designated hitter Sunday.
"I've been struggling for the last month ... no excuses," Hamilton said. "Honestly I feel really good at the plate. Even before the All-Star Game and at the All-Star Game I had good at-bats, hitting the ball hard and hitting it right at people." But he was 0-for-3 with three strikeouts against Felix Hernandez on Saturday. "Last night I was the victim of trying to hit it too far instead of making contact," Hamilton said. "Sometimes it flip-flops like that and you fight it."