Joltin' Josh Leads Majors in Hitting

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    Josh Hamilton at the plate.

    Josh Hamilton is the top hitter in the major leagues by a wide margin and the Texas Rangers have the biggest division lead in baseball.

    Maybe Vladimir Guerrero should replace the Superman T-shirt he wears in the Texas clubhouse with a shirt bearing an image of Hamilton.

    Hamilton's .362 batting average is 21 points higher than the next-closest player. He is still a slugger, with 37 doubles, 26 home runs and 80 RBIs, and has been spectacular playing the outfield.

    Rangers reliever Darren Oliver says Hamilton is so good that he'd "pay to watch him play."

    Hamilton has helped push Texas to an 8½-game division lead going into Monday night's game against Tampa Bay, the team that drafted Hamilton No. 1 overall in 1999.