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Hamilton in the lineup at DH, batting fifth

Hamilton in the lineup at DH, batting fifth

Hamilton in the lineup at DH, batting fifth
ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton was back in the Rangers' lineup for Sunday night's series finale against the White Sox. He batted fifth as the designated hitter.

Hamilton had the day off on Saturday. He was at DH on Sunday because manager Ron Washington just felt like putting him there. Washington said he moved Hamilton down in the order because he wanted to take a little pressure off him.

"Hopefully, it will slow him down a little bit," Washington said.

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"Five worked a couple years ago and I had an MVP-type season," Hamilton said before going 0-for-2 with two walks and a run scored in the 2-0 Rangers victory. "So we'll go with that again. That's what I have to say about that."

Hamilton entered Sunday's game hitting .190 with a .374 slugging percentage since June 1. He was asked if his impending free agency was having any effect on his struggles at the plate.

"I'm on the same page with them and it wouldn't matter if I didn't hit in the next month," Hamilton said. "I need to be hitting in the last month. I'm just going to go out there and play, man, and remind myself that I'm playing for an audience of one. When I do, I have fun. I play hard.

"All the presumptions and the way it looks like I'm playing right now, it won't look that way. I haven't even thought of it. I never think about it unless y'all bring it up or the front office brings it up. They're always worried about me having distractions off the field. I don't have any distractions."

Washington made it clear there should be no excuses for anybody, whether it's contract situation, where they are playing in the field or hitting in the lineup.

"We have to quit making excuses for people's ineptness or inability to do something," Washington said. "They're just not getting it done. He's slumping. Everybody is slumping. He's not getting it done. Let's just say that and get it over with."

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