Yanks' respect for Hamilton shows with walks

Yanks' respect for Hamilton shows with walks

ARLINGTON -- The Yankees' respect for the Rangers' Josh Hamilton is now in the history books.

Hamilton was walked four times by Yankees pitching during Saturday's 7-2 Rangers win in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series, including two intentional walks. The four free passes match a postseason record that has been achieved 14 times previously, including four times in LCS history.

The others in LCS play include the White Sox Frank Thomas in Game 1 of the 1993 ALCS, the Phillies' Darren Daulton in Game 4 of the '93 NLCS, the Padres' Ken Caminiti in Game 2 of the '98 NLCS and Philadelphia's Chase Utley in Game 2 of the 2008 NLCS.

Hamilton -- who hit a three-run homer off CC Sabathia in the first inning of Game 1 -- was walked on a 3-2 pitch by Phil Hughes in the first inning on Saturday and given a free pass in the second, setting up an inning-ending fielder's choice. He also walked against Hughes in the fourth and took an intentional walk in the eighth.

The walks to Hamilton marked just the second time the Yankees have walked a batter four times in a postseason game, joining the four free passes issued to Jackie Robinson in Game 5 of the 1952 World Series.