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Rangers Spring Training: Josh Hamilton Not Worried About Slow Start

Texas Rangers star outfielder Josh Hamilton spent much of the 2011 season banged up, suffering a broken arm early in the season and a sports hernia in the World Series. His offseason has been hectic as well, making headlines with his reported tumble off the wagon. On top of everything else, the slugger is still looking for a new contract from the team.

It's possible that some -- or all -- of these things have helped contribute to the Spring Training struggles that Hamilton is currently experiencing. He currently has just five hits in 30 at-bats, with only two RBI and eight strikeouts.

According to Master Tesfatsion of ESPN Dallas/Fort Worth, Hamilton isn't letting his cold start bother him.

"There's not really any struggling in the spring," Hamilton said. "Spring is spring."

Hamilton wants to get to a point where he makes solid contact in a good hitting position. He's not trying to hit for power and it shows. He has just one extra-base hit.

"I prefer not to be hot during the spring and be hot during the season to save them, as you say," Hamilton said.

Hamilton said that he is feeling good and for now is staying focused on being in shape in time for Opening Day.

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