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Cano named American League Rookie of the Month
10/03/2005 6:14 PM ET
New York second baseman Robinson Cano, who led all rookies in hits with 40 during the month of September, has been named the American League Rookie of the Month.

Cano batted .381 (40-105) with 16 RBI while leading all American League rookies with five home runs and 22 runs scored. During the month, Cano put together three separate hitting streaks of five games or more (9/1-9/7; 9/9-9/16; and 9/25-9/30). On September 15th at Tampa Bay, Cano erased a four-run deficit with a single swing as he recorded his first career grand slam in a game won by the Yankees 9-5. On the very next night, Cano marked the first multi-home run game of his career going 3-for-5 with five RBI and three runs scored in an 11-10 Yankees win at Toronto. Cano's 10 RBI in two games were enough to make him the first rookie since Hideki Matsui in 2003 to be named A.L. Player of the Week, sharing the award with Boston's David Ortiz. Cano's batting average rose 20 points during September and he finished the season leading all A.L. rookies in batting average at .297. He also ended the season tops among A.L. rookies with 47 multi-hit games, 78 runs scored, 155 hits and 239 total bases. Cano becomes the first rookie since his teammate Matsui (June, 2003) to be named A.L. Rookie of the Month.

Kansas City's Mark Teahen (.295, 4 HR, 21 RBI) and Tampa Bay's Johnny Gomes (.287, 3 HR, 15 RBI) also received votes for the award.

Cano will receive a specially designed trophy as the American League Rookie of the Month for September.

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