Rangers' Hamilton surges to second in voting for AL outfielders

Texas Rangers center fielder Josh Hamilton, the American League leader in home runs with 15 and RBIs with 63, has surged to second place this week among AL outfielders in announced voting results for the 2008 All-Star Game.

Hamilton, who stood in sixth place in last week's results, went 14-for-34, batting .412 with two homers in the week beginning Sunday, May 18.

Hamilton was also first in the AL with 77 hits and slugging at .613, and was third in batting average at .328, with Hideki Matsui (.330) of the Yankees and Magglio Ordonez (.329) of the Tigers leading the league.

Boston's Manny Ramirez led AL outfielders in voting, while Matsui had yet to crack the top 15 and Ordonez was sixth.

The Rangers (29-29), who stood in third place in the AL West, five games behind the Angels entering Monday's games, were able to dig out of an early-season hole by going 19-10 in May.

It was the first time the team has won 19 games in a month since June 1983.

Hamilton was a big part of the May success, hitting eight homers with 29 RBIs in the month.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.