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Josh Hamilton off to a rough start with Angels

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.

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