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Rodriguez named Sharp Presents the American League Player of the Month for April05/02/2007 4:11 PM ET
New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has been named Sharp Presents the American League Player of the Month for April.
In 23 games last month, the 31-year-old Rodriguez batted .355 (33-93) with Major League-leading totals of 14 home runs and 34 RBI. Rodriguez tied the mark for most home runs hit in April, equaling last April's exploits of St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols. Rodriguez also finished one RBI shy of Juan Gonzalez's Major League record for most RBI in April (35), set in 1998 with the Texas Rangers. Rodriguez hit safely in his first 18 games this season. "A-Rod" also had seven doubles and scored 27 runs while posting a .415 on-base percentage and a slugging percentage of .882. In a game against the Baltimore Orioles on April 7th, the two-time A.L. Most Valuable Player went 3-for-4 with four runs scored, a double, two home runs and six RBI, and the second shot was a game-ending grand slam. In the April 19th game at home against the Cleveland Indians, Rodriguez did it again by smashing another walk-off home run, a three-run blast. This is Alex's eighth career American League Player of the Month Award and his fourth as a Yankee.
Vladimir Guerrero (.366, 7 HR, 23 RBI) of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim finished second in the voting to Rodriguez.
For setting the highest definition of excellence, Sharp, the presenting sponsor of the American League Player of the Month Award, presents Alex Rodriguez with a Sharp AQUOS full HD LCD-TV. Sharp AQUOS is the "Official High-Definition Television of Major League Baseball." Alex also will receive a specially designed trophy to mark his achievement.
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