Despite hitting .111 in spring training, Rangers' Hamilton is closing in

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    "Outfielder Josh Hamilton is hitting .111 (1-for-9) this spring after four games, not exactly the .359 he hit last season en route to winning the American League MVP.

    The key number isn't the batting average but the number of at-bats. Manager Ron Washington believes a player needs 100 at-bats before everything is right with his swing.

    Hamilton doesn't have a number in mind, but his two at-bats Thursday told him that he's closing in. He flied out twice, both on balls driven deep into the outfield.

    He also has been the butt of a joke among his teammates, who have ribbed him for his extreme lack of patience so far this spring. Hamilton has swung at the first pitch five times and seen fewer than 20 pitches in his nine at-bats."

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