Trying first season with Angels for Josh Hamilton

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Josh Hamilton never came close to joining the Red Sox, even after an affable meeting with team brass at the Winter Meetings last December. It was just one of those mutual respect get-togethers because Hamilton has always enjoyed Boston.

Hamilton wasn’t the right fit for the Sox, who were committed to avoiding lengthy contracts. The Angels gave him a five-year deal at $25 million per season, and Hamilton got off to an absolutely horrible start.

He was not fully embraced here until Thursday night, when he delivered his biggest feat as an Angel, a game-tying, two-run homer in the ninth inning off Cardinals closer Edward Mujica. Then on Friday night, he dropped a fly ball in right field that allowed the Red Sox to score the go-ahead run in the seventh inning.

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