According to a club spokesman, Hamilton got a day off to recharge. He was originally was scheduled to bat fifth, but was replaced in right field by Mark Trumbo—who had been slotted as the designated hitter. Instead, Albert Pujols was shifted from first base to DH and Brendan Harris was inserted as the first baseman.
Hamilton batted for Harris in the seventh inning and singled. He then scored on a two-run double by J.B. Shuck and finished the game in right field.
Hamilton is batting .214 with five home runs and 12 RBIs in 167 at-bats during his first season with the Angels, who signed the five-time All-Star to a five-year, $125 million contract in December. The 2010 AL MVP is 6 for 31 in his last eight games with one RBI—a home run on Tuesday—and seven strikeouts.