ANAHEIM, Calif. The night before, Josh Hamilton was a mess.
He knew something wasnt right. The bright lights at Angel Stadium made him dizzy in the outfield. He was coughing and congested. He felt sick, out of sorts.
Im just off, he said Tuesday afternoon, shaking his head.
But Tuesday night, after another day of medication to treat a sinus problem, Hamilton looked and felt rejuvenated. So did his bat.
He hasnt had many nights like this since joining the Angels, but this is why theyre paying him 125 million over five years: He had one of four Angels home runs in a 6-2 win over the Kansas City Royals.
It was a small step for a player expected to take big strides. Hamilton is still hitting only .214, but he had three home runs in his past seven games after going just 4 for 23 in the Angels recent six-game road trip.
Manager Mike Scioscia put him in the designated hitter spot so that Hamilton wouldnt risk a dizzy spell playing the field, and it seemed to help. Besides his sixth...