Josh Hamilton is the Player of the Month in the American League for the second straight month after he was honored Sunday for his performance in May. The Rangers' outfielder led the league in home runs (12), RBIs (32), slugging percentage (.781) and total bases (75). He tied for first in extra-base hits (18), was fourth in batting average (.344) and seventh in on-base percentage (.405).
He also won the award in April. He has gone back-to-back for just the third time in history, and he's the first to do it twice. He also was the top player in April and May of 2008.
"Really? Can I shut it down the rest of the year?" Hamilton said. "I don't play to receive awards, but it always makes you feel good when it's recognized that you've going out there and done the best you can."
Major League Baseball announced its top players, pitchers and rookies for May on Sunday rather than the usual Monday release. Monday, though, is the First-Year Player Draft, and the decks have been cleared for that.
-- Jeff Wilson