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Hunter latest Angel mired in slump

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The hole in the middle of the Angels lineup has spread.

While outfielder Vernon Wells has shown some signs of breaking out of his early-season slump, his partner in the middle of the Angels lineup, outfielder Torii Hunter, is sinking into a deep slump.

Hunter was 1-for-4 in Tuesday's 15-4 rout of the Rangers, dropping his average to .219 for the season. He has just two hits in his past 22 at-bats, and one of those was a bloop single that just cleared Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler on Monday night. Deeper than that, Hunter is 4-for-35 since a three-hit game April 9.

"Hey, it is what it is," Hunter said. "All you can do is be prepared for each game, take your extra swings in the cage, watch video and wait to snap out of it.

"And I will snap out of it."

Hunter does lead the Angels with 10 RBI. But he also went into Tuesday's games leading the majors in ground-ball outs (33) and tied with Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols for the major league lead in double plays (seven).

"He's getting too big," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of Hunter's swing. "Early on, he had a really nice feel at the plate but he got a little big and tried to force some things. Now he's trying to get back to that compact swing again."

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