World Series Game 4. Josh Hamilton is still hurting - and still contributing for the Texas Rangers. Hamilton, who has acknowledged that he might be playing with a sports hernia, put Texas ahead to stay in Game 4 of the World Series on Sunday night when he lined an RBI double into the right-field corner that sent Elvis Andrus home in the first inning.
"For what he's dealing with right now - he's playing through some pain - he's doing a great job," teammate David Murphy said. "You take Josh Hamilton at 75 percent over most guys at 100 percent, and he's showing why."
Even though Hamilton hasn't homered in 57 postseason at-bats, his double Sunday night helped the Rangers win 4-0 to even the Series at two games each.
Hamilton tied Game 2 with a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning before Michael Young followed with another sac fly as the Rangers pulled out a 2-1 victory in St. Louis.
With his Texas Rangers trailing two games to one in the World Series, the 25-year-old lefty took a two-hit shutout with seven strikeouts into the ninth inning against a powerful Cardinals lineup.
After a one-out walk to Rafael Furcal, manager Ron Washington came out to the mound for a long discussion with Holland, who later said he was "begging" to finish the job.
It looked as if Washington might give the kid a chance, but then he stepped aside and signaled to the bullpen for closer Neftali Feliz, bringing boos from the crowd.
Holland waved to fans as he walked to the dugout. Feliz retired Albert Pujols on a fly to center and struck out Matt Holliday with two on to secure Texas' 4-0 victory.
The World Series is tied at two games apiece and will go back to St. Louis for Game 6. Before that, Game 5 is Monday night in Texas.
Holland still was throwing 96 mph in the ninth, with a chance at the first complete-game shutout in the World Series since Josh Beckett's gem for Florida to clinch the 2003 title at Yankee Stadium