Nobody in the American League had a better April than Josh Hamilton. No rookie was better than Yu Darvish.
Both players were honored on Wednesday afternoon. Hamilton was selected as the AL player of the month, while Darvish was named rookie of the month. It’s the first time the Rangers have won multiple AL awards in the same month.
“I’m happy with the award and want to do my best going forward,” Darvish said through a translator.
Darvish has made a smooth transition from Japan to the big leagues. He’s 4-0 with a 2.18 ERA in his first five starts, including throwing 8 1/3 shutout innings against the Yankees on April 24.
Darvish was among the contenders for pitcher of the month, too, which could have given the Rangers a clean sweep. But Chicago White Sox starter Jake Peavy got the honors, going 3-1 with a 1.67 ERA over five starts, including two complete games.
Hamilton led the league with nine home runs, 25 RBIs, 64 total bases and a .744 slugging percentage and ranked second with a .395 average, 20 runs and 34 hits (tied) in 22 games. He became the fourth AL player since 1921 with at least nine home runs, 25 RBIs, 20 runs and 34 hits in April.
The awards are voted on by league writers and broadcasters.
-- Drew Davison