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  1. Paul Konerko hitting .466 with 6 homers in his last 20 games

    May 28, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Chicago White Sox

    Paul Konerko is on a ridiculous tear right now, hitting .466 with six homers and a 1.303 OPS in his last 20 games dating back to May 4. Even more amazing is that sitting out three days in the middle of that stretch after taking a Jeff Samardzija pitch to the face didn’t slow him…

  2. Josh Hamilton gets IV, oxygen after walkoff homer

    May 27, 2012, 1:44 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Josh Hamilton hit a walkoff homer in the 13th inning to give the Rangers an 8-7 win over the  Blue Jays on Saturday and then received IV fluids and oxygen after the game to treat an upper respiratory infection he’s been fighting. “I’ve been seeing stars since the fifth inning,” he said afterwards. “I hit…

  3. Josh Hamilton homers for first time since May 12

    May 25, 2012, 9:35 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton AP

    Josh Hamilton‘s home run drought is finally over. And yes, I write that with tongue firmly planted in cheek. After Aaron mentioned this morning that Hamilton hadn’t homered in nearly two weeks, the Rangers’ slugger went deep in the bottom of the second inning tonight against the Blue Jays. His solo shot off right-hander Carlos…

  4. Josh Hamilton hasn’t homered in two weeks

    May 25, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton Reuters

    Josh Hamilton got off to amazing home run pace, going deep 18 times in his first 31 games. However, since homering nine times in a six-game stretch from May 7 to May 12–including his four-homer game on May 8–he’s yet to leave the ballpark. Hamilton is homerless since May 12, which is a span of…

  5. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    May 23, 2012, 5:59 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v St. Louis Cardinals

    Cardinals 4, Padres 0: Tough break for San Diego to have Adam Wainwright figure it out and throw a four-hit shutout while they were in town, but I really do need them to go on a bad skid right now. I’m taking my kids to their first major league game when we go to San…

  6. Brewers’ Jonathan Lucroy has career day with 7 RBI

    May 20, 2012, 7:59 PM EDT

    Jonathan Lucroy

    Jonathan Lucroy had never hit cleanup before being penciled in there against the Twins and Jason Marquis on Sunday. The Brewers might want to leave him there for a while. Lucroy hit his third and fourth homers of the season and drove in a career-high seven runs as part of a 16-4 rout of Minnesota.…

  7. Nolan Ryan expects Josh Hamilton to hit the free agent market

    May 19, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton, Nolan Ryan AP

    Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reported earlier this month that the Rangers had reopened negotiations with hot-hitting outfielder Josh Hamilton on a possible long-term contract extension, but it appears there’s little chance of an agreement coming together during the season. Rangers president and CEO Nolan Ryan told Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com last night that the…

  8. Put away the iPhone: Brandon McCarthy won’t need Siri’s help with Josh Hamilton

    May 17, 2012, 12:41 PM EDT

    siri

    Last week after another of Josh Hamilton‘s monster games A’s right-hander Brandon McCarthy jokingly tweeted: “Siri, how do you get Josh Hamilton out?” McCarthy is starting against the Rangers today and I’m not sure if his iPhone was much scouting help, but it turns out Hamilton is getting the day off. Oh well. Actually, maybe…

  9. Allen Craig is hitting out of his mind for the Cardinals

    May 16, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Allen Craig

    Allen Craig began the season on the disabled list following November knee surgery and returned to an uncertain role when he came off the shelf on May 1, but other injuries have quickly turned him into an everyday player for the Cardinals and he’s absolutely killing the ball. Craig went 3-for-4 with a double, a…

  10. Josh Hamilton’s triple crown chances: pretty darn good, all things considered

    May 15, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton Reuters

    It’s ESPN Insider, but Dan Szymborski has a column up today assessing Josh Hamilton’s triple crown chances. While normally that’s pie in the sky stuff, as Dan notes, Hamilton winning the triple crown is more like pie on a moderately high shelf territory. He ran 100,000 simulations of the remainder of the season, taking Hamilton’s historic norms…

  11. Rafael Furcal is scorching hot for the Cardinals

    May 14, 2012, 6:37 PM EDT

    Rafael Furcal

    St. Louis got swept by at home by the Braves over the weekend, but it certainly wasn’t the shortstop’s fault. Rafael Furcal went 7-for-11 with two walks against his original team and is a ridiculous 15-for-21 over his last five games. The stretch has him batting .383/.447/.519 for the season. Baseball-reference’s WAR rates him the…

  12. You’ll be shocked to learn that Josh Hamilton was the AL Player of the Week

    May 14, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers batter Josh Hamilton runs to the dugout after hitting his fourth two-run home run in the eight inning against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore

    They just announced the AL and NL Players of the Week. Shocker: Josh Hamilton won it in the AL. Hamilton could have won it if he only played in Tuesday’s four-homer game. But he laid waste to the AL the rest of the week too, going 14-for-30 (.467) with nine homers, two doubles, 18 RBI and 10…

  13. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    May 14, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Joey Votto

    Reds 9, Nationals 6: Joey Votto hit three homers including a walkoff grand slam.  Yeah, that’ll play. The back end of the Nats bullpen continues to be horrific. Marlins 8, Mets 4: Earlier in the day Giancarlo Stanton hit a walkoff slam of his own capping a six-run bottom of the ninth for Miami. Heath…

  14. Joey Votto: solo homer, solo homer, walkoff grand slam

    May 13, 2012, 8:39 PM EDT

    Joey Votto, Jesus Flores

    Let’s see Josh Hamilton match this one. Already with two solo homers on the day, Joey Votto hit a walkoff grand slam off Henry Rodriguez to give the Reds a 9-6 win over the Nationals on Sunday. It was just the second homer to a left-handed batter allowed by Rodriguez in 112 2/3 career innings.…

  15. David Wright has four hits in win over Marlins, now batting .402 on the year

    May 12, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

    David Wright Getty

    David Wright‘s resurgence continued this afternoon, as he went 4-for-6 with a home run, three singles and three RBI in a 9-3 win over the Marlins. Wright had an RBI single in the first, an opposite-field solo homer in the third and another RBI single in the ninth. He now has four consecutive multi-hit games,…

  16. Josh Hamilton at it again, slugs home run No. 18

    May 12, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton Reuters

    Another day, another home run for Josh Hamilton. After striking out in his first two at-bats against former teammate C.J. Wilson this afternoon, Hamilton just slugged a solo home run to right in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the Angels at 2-2. He is reaching new levels of ridiculousness. Hamilton now has…

  17. Tweet of the Day: Brandon McCarthy seeks answers on Josh Hamilton

    May 12, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton Reuters

    After Josh Hamilton improved his batting average to .407 and clubbed his 16th and 17th home runs of the season last night against the Angels, Athletics’ right-hander Brandon McCarthy took to Twitter to ponder one of life’s greatest mysteries. Or at least the greatest mystery of the moment for major league pitchers. Well played. We…

  18. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    May 12, 2012, 8:44 AM EDT

    Brandon Inge Getty

    Josh Hamilton might be the hottest hitter on the planet right now, but Brandon Inge is a pretty close second. Inge went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI last night as the Athletics topped the Tigers 11-4. It was Inge’s second straight night with a home run against his former team and the…

  19. Josh Hamilton third ever with 17 homers in 33 games

    May 12, 2012, 12:55 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers' Josh Hamilton hits a home run against the Los Angeles Angels in Arlington, Texas

    Josh Hamilton stole the show from the Yu Darvish-C.J. Wilson matchup on Friday, hitting two more homers as part of the Rangers’ 10-3 win over the Angels. He now has 17 homers on the season. Thanks in part to a lengthy rain delay in the first, the much anticipated pitching showdown was largely a dud.…

  20. Adam Dunn has already equaled his home run total from last season

    May 11, 2012, 8:56 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn AP

    Adam Dunn just did it again. The resurgent slugger connected for a solo blast off right-hander Felipe Paulino in the bottom of the first inning tonight against the Royals. With that, he already has 11 home runs through 139 plate appearances this year after hitting just 11 over 496 plate appearances during his miserable first…

  21. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    May 11, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

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    Nationals 4, Pirates 2: Stephen Strasburg struck out 13 in six innings. The only thing more dominating than he was the Hulk when I went to go see “The Avengers” last night. Upshot: damn fine movie. But the “Dark Night Rises” trailer before it may have been even better. Yes, I realize that I may…

  22. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    May 10, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    Mets 10, Phillies 5: Cliff Lee was OK in his return, but he was on a pitch count and the bullpen — including reverted-to-longman-work Kyle Kendrick — got shellacked. Again. Ike Davis drove in three.  The Mets so thoroughly own Citizens Bank Park this year that the Phillies are gonna have to launch some awkward…

  23. In case you hadn’t noticed, Josh Hamilton is having himself a nice year

    May 9, 2012, 9:43 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton Reuters

    Josh Hamilton’s four-homer game last night puts him here as of this morning: .406/.458/.840 with 14 homers and 36 RBI. That places him well ahead of everyone in all three triple-crown categories and — close your ears, stats people — on pace to break the single-season home run record and RBI record, all while matching…

  24. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    May 9, 2012, 6:05 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers batter Josh Hamilton runs to the dugout after hitting his fourth two-run home run in the eight inning against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore

    Rangers 10, Orioles 3: Josh Hamilton: four bombs, eight RBI and 18 total bases on a 5 for 5 night.   Every time he does something awesome this year I imagine him muttering something about how dumb it was for Jon Daniels not to talk about a contract extension before the season began. Yankees 5,…

  25. Josh Hamilton registers 16th four-homer game in MLB history

    May 8, 2012, 9:58 PM EDT

    hamilton getty

    Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton is historically hot. The 30-year-old impending free agent outfielder hit a two-run homer in the first inning, a two-run homer in the third, a double in the fifth, a two-run homer in the seventh and yet another two-run blast in the eighth as Texas rolled to a 10-3 victory over the…

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