Hamilton wonders if he can match his last ALCS

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- A year after carrying the Texas Rangers in the AL championship series and into the World Series, Josh Hamilton wonders what he can do for an encore.

Hamilton isn't cocky enough to insinuate he could top his four-homer, eight-walk performance against the Yankees last October.

What he means is that he has no idea what to expect in this year's ALCS against the Detroit Tigers.

Said Hamilton: "That's why we play."

Game 1 is Saturday night, with likely Cy Young winner Justin Verlander pitching for Detroit.

Hamilton went 4 for 15 with a double and two RBIs in the opening round against Tampa Bay. That's a lot better than his 2 for 18 against the Rays in the first round last year, which blossomed into his MVP performance in this round.