Hamilton named Player of the Month

Hamilton named Player of the Month

ARLINGTON -- Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was named the American League Player of the Month for June on Monday.

Hamilton led the Majors in average (.454), RBIs (31), hits (49), total bases (88th), slugging (.815), on-base percentage (.484) while also leading in home runs with nine. He was tied in extra-base hits with 20.

"It's an honor. There are a lot of good players in the league," Hamilton said. "But most exciting to me is playing well and winning ballgames. Hopefully we can get back on both those tracks."

The numbers helped put Hamilton in the Rangers' record book, as his 31 RBIs established a team record for June while his 88 total bases was the fourth-most in any month.

It marked his third Player of the Month honor, as he also won the award in April and May of 2008. He joins Rafael Palmeiro and Alex Rodriguez as the only Rangers to win the award three times.

"That's a slam dunk right there. He had a huge June," third baseman Michael Young said. "He got hot and stayed hot. You normally don't see that for a month, you see it for about four or five games. But he made some great adjustments. He was really disciplined in his approach and during the game and it really paid off for him."