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Quinlan top AL rookie in July08/02/2004 11:29 PM ET
By Doug Miller / MLB.com
MINNEAPOLIS -- It was a great July and a great beginning to August for Angels rookie infielder Robb Quinlan, who returned to where he grew up Monday and was named the American League Rookie of the Month for July.
Quinlan, who has been playing third base semi-regularly for the Angels in the past three weeks, led all AL rookies in batting average and RBIs last month. Quinlan batted .407 (22-for-54) with the first two home runs of his big-league career and 15 RBIs in July with eight runs, seven doubles, two stolen bases, a .441 on-base percentage and a .648 slugging percentage.
Quinlan had six multi-hit and five multi-RBI games for the Angels in July, and then sparked the Angels to victory in their only August game, a come-from-behind win over the Mariners in which Quinlan put the Angels on the board with a solo home run before winning the game with an RBI double.
Quinlan, 27, is a native of St. Paul, Minn., right across the Mississippi River from where the Angels will take on the Twins in a three-game series starting Tuesday.
He currently has a 13-game hitting streak, during which he is batting .489 (23-for-47). The corner infielder had a career-high four hits in an 11-1 win at Texas on July 22, and hit his first Major League home run as part of a three-hit game in an 8-4 win at Seattle on July 24.
"Robb's been one of our most productive hitters, maybe our most productive hitter, over the last three weeks," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He's stepped up. He's getting the opportunity and he's making the most of it."
Quinlan, who hit .287 in limited opportunities for the Angels last year, said he's succeeding because he's not thinking about too much.
"I just go out there and try to have fun," Quinlan said. "Obviously I never thought it would be like this, but I'm just trying to enjoy it. I'm here to fill in, and wherever I can help out that day, I'll do it."
Other rookies who excelled in July included Shingo Takatsu (0.96 ERA, five saves) of the Chicago White Sox; Minnesota's Grant Balfour (2-1, 0.77 ERA); Oakland's Bobby Crosby (five homers, 12 RBIs) and Justin Duchscherer (1-1, 1.83 ERA); Seattle's Bucky Jacobsen (.265, five homers, 10 RBIs); and Toronto's Jason Frasor (1-1, 3.00 ERA, six saves) and Alexis Rios (.343, 34 hits, seven RBIs).
Quinlan will receive a specially designed trophy as the American League Rookie of the Month.
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