Stock Report: Josh Hamilton up; catching offense down
Josh Hamilton: After big struggles in June and July, Hamilton has bounced back in August. He is hitting .328 with five homers and 17 RBIs in the month. He hit just .177 with four homers and 11 RBIs all of July. Hamilton also has six multi-hit games in 15 games this month.
Mike Olt: He had the winning RBI single last Saturday against the Detroit Tigers and is 4-for-15 with a double and four RBIs in his short stint in the big leagues. ... He's played well in the field, except for an error in right field Thursday.
Catching offense: Geovany Soto has done a nice job with the pitching staff since the trade deadline deal that brought him to Texas from the Chicago Cubs. But the club continues to struggle to get some consisent offense from the catching position. In 10 games with the Rangers, Soto is hitting .189 (7-for-37) with 14 strikeouts.
Michael Young: In his last 19 at-bats, Young has three hits and has just two extra-base hits this month. He hasn't hit a home run since May. In spite of that, he's still hitting .281 for the month of August, but has just three RBIs. ... He was given a day off on Wednesday, his first since June 10. With Olt on the bench, he may get some more chances to get some breaks.
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