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Hamilton ready for new chapter

| Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, 8:20 p.m.
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Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton sings autographs for fans outside the ESPNZone in Downtown Disneyland after a a news conference in Anaheim, Calif., on Dec. 15, 2012. The Angels signed the free agent and five-time All-Star to a five-year, $125 million deal. REUTERS/Alex Gallardo

Feeling “a little upset” that Texas didn't move quickly enough to re-sign him, free-agent outfielder Josh Hamilton donned a Los Angeles Angels jersey Saturday after finalizing a $125 million, five-year contract that he called a new chapter in his life.

“I started off with the Devil Rays and now I'm an Angel,” said the five-time All-Star who was drafted by Tampa Bay before making his major league debut with Cincinnati in 2007.

Hamilton, the 2010 AL MVP, joins a batting order that already includes Albert Pujols and AL Rookie of the Year Mike Trout. The 31-year-old Hamilton hit a career-high 43 home runs last season and batted .285 with 128 RBI in 148 games.

“To get a guy like Josh and combine him with Albert is going to give us building blocks for what we hope is years to come,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “We can't wait.”

In other Hamilton news, a small Texas startup is suing him over a “Play Hard, Pray Harder” clothing line sold by the maker of Christian-inspired products, whose founder said Saturday is no longer in business with the slugger's family. The federal lawsuit accuses North Carolina-based ScriptureArt — which features Hamilton modeling a “Play Hard, Pray Harder” T-shirt on its website — of marketing a slogan already claimed by Dallas-based Play Hard Pray Harder LLC. Corporate filings show the Texas company formed in January.

Phillies sign 2 pitchers

The Phillies agreed to a $12 million, two-year contract with reliever Mike Adams and a one-year deal with starter John Lannan.

Adams, a 34-year-old right-hander, was 5-3 with a 3.27 ERA in 61 relief appearances for the Rangers this year. Lannan, a 28-year-old left-hander, spent his first six big league seasons with the Washington Nationals. He spent most of 2012 in Triple-A, and he was 4-1 with a 4.13 ERA in six big league starts.

Ex-Rays pitcher Bush faces charges

An attorney for Matt Bush, a former pitcher in the Tampa Bay Rays organization, said the baseball player is expected to agree to a plea deal in a DUI crash that injured a motorcyclist.

Bush was being held Saturday in the Charlotte County jail on $440,000 bail. He faces multiple DUI-related charges, along with charges of leaving the scene of the March 22 accident that seriously injured 72-year-old Tony Tufano.

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