In his last 10 games Josh Hamilton has hit .389 with five home runs and 17 RBI’s.

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

In April Hamilton hit three home runs with 11 RBI’s in while hitting .265 for the month. In May he hit six home runs and drove 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 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 fourth in the AL All-Star voting for outfielders, with Nelson Cruz of the Rangers 86,735 votes ahead of him.

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 only five innings to match that total, giving up home runs to Curtis Granderson, Nick Swisher, and Mark Teixeira.

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 as the Rays defeated the Braves 10-4. Kawakami has pitched better than his 0-9 record indicates, posting a 4.42 ERA this season.

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

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. Last season, he drove in 40 runs in 124 games for the Cubs. 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 night’s 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, 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 continue 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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