AL West preview

Hamilton goes after healthy kind of juicing

Updated: 2013-03-29T05:05:17Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

Hold the phone: Josh Hamilton admitted to juicing during the offseason.

Not steroids, of course. Hamilton went healthy, which included juice drinks.

“Don’t use a headline ‘Hamilton juicing,’ ” he joked with reporters last month. “I already feel better. My joints feel better, energy level’s up, caffeine’s down. I didn’t lose any weight; I just didn’t gain any.”

That’s bad news for AL West opponents, who now include the Rangers. Hamilton signed a five-year, $125 million contract with the Angels.

The Angels’ lineup features Rookie of the Year Mike Trout leading off and former MVPs Albert Pujols and Hamilton batting third and fourth, respectively.

Pitchers have had a few months to digest that news.

“I don’t have to worry about it, so that’s a plus for me,” Angels pitcher Jered Weaver said. “There’s a lot of potent pieces in this puzzle, in this lineup. I feel sorry for opposing pitchers. We’re pretty good one through nine. You get to not only the top of the lineup but the middle of the lineup, and there are still some guys who can hurt you.”

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