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Josh Hamilton Is Back On Track

Josh Hamilton has hit five home runs and drove in seventeen runs in his last ten games while hitting .389 in that span.

Josh Hamilton who played in only 89 games in 2009 for the Texas Rangers has played in 62 of the 64 games played by the Rangers in 2010 and is hitting better each month of the 2010 season.

Hamilton hit three home runs with 11 RBI in April while hitting .265 for the month. Hamilton picked up the pace in May hitting six home runs and driving in 16 runs.

He completed the first half of June yesterday and already has six home runs and 20 RBI in the month. He is on a pace to have 40 RBI in June.

So far in the month of June he is hitting .426, has an OBP of .466, slugging .852 and has an OPS of 1.318. He is currently fourth in the AL All Star voting for outfielders with Nelson Cruz of the Rangers 86,735 votes ahead of  Hamilton.

His 15 home runs this season gives him five more home runs than he had the entire 2009 season in 90 fewer at bats.

Around the Diamond

Roy Halladay had allowed only three home runs in 101 innings before last night’s game with the Yankees. It took him only five innings to match that total giving up home runs to Curtis Granderson, Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira.

Gordon Beckham is showing signs of breaking out of his season long slump by driving in three runs last night against the Pirates. It was the fourth time this season he has had more than one RBI in a game. He hit his fourth double of the season on April 29 and didn’t double again till June 9 but has had four in his last six games.

He does need to drive in runs more consistently since he had driven in two runs on June 1 and didn’t have another RBI till last night with the month half over.

Freddy Garcia is one of the hottest pitchers in baseball winning seven of his last eight starts and is 7-3 on the season….It wasn’t surprising that David Price 10-2 came out the winner after facing Kenshin Kawakami 0-9 as the Rays defeated the Braves.  Kawakami has pitched better than his record indicates posting a 4.42 ERA this season.

Carlos Zambrano pitched better than the score showed in the 9-5 win by the A’s over the Cubs. He only allowed two earned runs in six innings but a shoddy defensive game by his teammates allowed three unearned runs to score. Two of the better fielders on the team Derrek Lee and Tyler Colvin both made two errors in the contest.

Trevor Cahill took the win who was 10-13 in 32 starts in 2009 already has six wins with a 6-2 record in only 10 starts in 2010 for the A’s….Milton Bradley hit his third home run in his last six games for the Mariners last night in their loss to the Cardinals. He has 25 RBI this season after 45 games after driving in 40 runs for the Cubs last season in 124 games. ESPN.com projects Bradley to finish the season with 19 home runs and 79 runs batted in.

Mat Latos of the Padres has won six of his last eight starts and has given up more than two runs in only one of those starts when he allowed three runs….Prince Fielder who hit his 13th home run in last nights win by the Brewers over the Angels is fourth on the Brewers in RBI with 26 and is only eight ahead of Alcides Escobar who has 18.

The Astros blew a 6-3 lead in the fourth inning as the Royals came back to win the game 15-7 as they pounded out 20 hits in the contest with four doubles and 16 singles….Jose Bautista the major league home run leader with 19 roundtrippers hit his 18th and 19th home runs on June 4 but has not homered since then. He hit 12 home runs in May but only has two in 46 at bats in June.

The Phillies are continuing to slide in the NL East standings. They are in third place and only two games ahead of the Marlins. They were 26-15 on May 17 but since then they have played 6-15 baseball going from 11 games over .500 to two games over .500.

They have been shutout in five of those losses, one run in two losses and only a run in one win in the 21 game span.  In addition they scored twice in two of those losses while scoring three runs in four losses. They scored more than three runs only once in the 15 losses.

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