ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton was once a bona fide Triple Crown candidate.
His 28 home runs this season were tied with Adam Dunn for the Major League lead, and he had 78 RBIs entering Monday, one behind Miguel Cabrera's Major League-leading 79. But over Hamilton's last 12 games, he had only six hits, two of them home runs, dropping his batting average to .293. Despite the fact that Hamilton struck out 14 times on the Rangers' 10-game road trip, manager Ron Washington still has faith in him.
"He's going to rise to the challenge," Washington said. "This game will humble you. Don't ever think you're better than this game. It will knock you down. He's been challenged. ... That's the beauty of this game. When you're challenged, that's when you figure out what you're made of. It's not when you're doing well. When you're not doing well, that's when you find out the character and makeup of someone. Josh will show us what he's all about."