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07/02/08 7:48 PM ET
Hamilton wins ESPY for Best Comeback
Kinsler awarded with the Rangers Player of the Month for June
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton didn't win the American League Player of the Month Award for June. That award went to Red Sox outfielder J.D. Drew, breaking Hamilton's two-month hold on the honor. But Hamilton still earned another accolade from ESPN. Hamilton has been named winner of the ESPY for Best Comeback. That honor will be presented at the annual ceremony on July 20, although the Rangers are in Minnesota that weekend. Hamilton also lost his two-month hold on the Rangers Player of the Month Award. He won it in April and May, but Ian Kinsler won the award in June. Kinsler took a 14-game hitting streak into Wednesday's game and was hitting .421 (24-for-57) during the streak. That left him leading the American League in batting with a .324 average. Kinsler singled in the third inning to run his hitting streak to 15 games. "I'm just trying to stay consistent with my approach and not change every day, even if I go 0-for-4 or 0-for-5," Kinsler said. "In the past, I've been prone to change things. This year, I've stayed with what I worked on in Spring Training and stuck with it no matter what the results." The Rangers Pitcher of the Month was Josh Rupe, who went 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA in nine games. "That's good, but I need to keep it up," Rupe said. "I thought it was a good month. I made a lot of improvement figuring myself out a little bit, figuring out my strengths and learning the hitters and what I needed to do to get people out." The Rangers also announced their Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month. Chris Davis was the top player and Derek Holland was the top pitcher. Holland, a left-hander, was 2-0 with a 1.63 ERA in five starts for Class A Clinton.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.