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Rangers nearly sweep AL April awards

The Sports Xchange

The Rangers nearly swept the American League's individual honors for April when they were announced Wednesday.

By the sound of things, Rangers manager Ron Washington thinks they should have swept.

While OF Josh Hamilton won Player of the Month for hitting .393 with AL highs in home runs (nine) and RBI (25) and RHP Yu Darvish won Rookie of the Month, Darvish and RHP Colby Lewis came up short in the Pitcher of the Month voting.

Chicago's Jake Peavy, who went 3-1 with a 1.67 ERA and 33 strikeouts, won the award. Darvish was 4-0 with a 2.18 ERA and 33 strikeouts.

"He pitched well enough to win it," Washington said. "At least he got something to show for the dominance he pitched with. He deserves it. He pitched very well."

The difference between Peavy (3-1) and Darvish (4-0) likely comes down to the first three innings of the season for each. A nervous Darvish allowed five runs in the first two innings he pitched against Seattle in his major league debut on April 9. Since then, he has compiled a 0.90 ERA and struck out 30 in 30 innings.

Peavy made his season debut against the Rangers on April 8 and allowed three runs in the first three innings on the way to his lone loss. Since then, he has compiled a 1.04 ERA with 31 strikeouts in 34 2/3 innings.

The Rangers were hopeful of becoming the second team to ever sweep the three major monthly awards in either league. Minnesota did it in 2006, but no NL team has ever done it.

Through the Rangers, Darvish issued a low-key statement: "I am happy to be honored. Going forward, I want to do my best."

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