Josh Hamilton, Adrian Beltre among 5 finalists for AL MVP

Thearon W. Henderson

The Texas Rangers have two players who are finalists for AL MVP, in a season in which the Rangers squandered a historic division lead to miss the postseason.

The Texas Rangers have two finalists on the ballot for American League MVP in 2012, as the BBWAA released the names of the five finalists for the award on Wednesday.

Hamilton played his most games in a season with the Rangers since 2008, batting .285 while belting 43 home runs and putting across 128 RBI. Hamilton finished second in the AL in home runs and RBI behind Miguel Cabrera and was fifth in the AL in OPS (.930). The star outfielder won the AL MVP award in 2010 and is a free agent this winter, with the Rangers extending a qualifying offer to Hamilton earlier this week.

Beltre finished third in the AL with a .321 batting average and was sixth in home runs (36) and ninth in RBIs (102). Among the top nine players in batting average in the AL in 2012, Beltre also finished the season with the least strikeouts (82).

Also named as finalists for the award were Cabrera, Robinson Cano and Mike Trout. The winner of the MVP award will be announced on Nov. 15.

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