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07/06/2010 2:03 PM ET
Josh Hamilton, Cliff Lee earn American League monthly honors for June
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A pair of 2010 American League All-Stars, Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton and Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Cliff Lee, have been voted the American League Player and Pitcher of the Month, respectively, for June.

Hamilton's torrid June, in which he hit a Major League-best .454 (49-108) with 10 doubles, an A.L.-best nine home runs, 31 RBI and three stolen bases, launched him to his third straight fan-elected start in the Midsummer Classic. Hamilton, the most popular A.L. outfielder among fans with 2,840,816 votes, posted a .482 on-base percentage and an .815 slugging percentage. He tied for first in the Majors with 20 extra-base hits. Hamilton's 49 hits set a club record for most in one month, and his batting average was the third best in club history among players with at least 50 plate appearances. The 31 RBI were the most ever by a Ranger in June and were one shy of matching his best total for one month. The North Carolina native ended June on a 23-game hitting streak, highlighted by 13 multi-hit games and eight games of three hits or more, including a 5-for-6 effort on June 20th at Houston. Hamilton's performance helped propel the A.L. West-leading Rangers to an 11-game winning streak from June 11th-June 24th. This is Hamilton's third career monthly award, having won for both April and May 2008.

Lee posted a 4-1 mark and a 1.76 ERA in June, with four of his six starts going for complete games, including his final three starts of the month, and he combined for 15.0 innings in his other two starts. The two-time A.L. All-Star became the first pitcher since Roy Halladay in September 2003 to collect four complete games in one month. The left-hander allowed just 42 hits in his 51.0 innings of work, striking out 36 compared to only two walks. The Arkansas native threw a six-hit shutout vs. the Cincinnati Reds on June 18th and followed up with a nine-strikeout, no-walk complete game vs. the Chicago Cubs on June 23rd. He concluded the month with a complete-game victory at Yankee Stadium. This is Lee's third career monthly award, as he won twice during his Cy Young Award-winning 2008 season.

Other players who received votes for the monthly award were Hamilton's fellow All-Stars Adrian Beltre (.376, 7 HR, 19 RBI) of the Boston Red Sox and his teammate, Vladimir Guerrero (.356, 6 HR, 24 RBI). Pitchers who received support were All-Star starting pitchers CC Sabathia (5-0, 2.19 ERA) of the New York Yankees and Trevor Cahill (3-0, 2.70 ERA) of the Oakland Athletics and reliever J.J. Putz (4-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 saves, 13.0 IP, 6 H, 2 BB) of the Chicago White Sox.

Hamilton and Lee will each receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, to commemorate their Player and Pitcher of the Month performances.

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