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Blake DeWitt of the Los Angeles Dodgers named winner of May's National League Rookie of the Month Award presented by Gillette06/11/2008 2:34 PM ET
Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Blake DeWitt has been named the May recipient of the National League Rookie of the Month Award presented by Gillette. In 26 games in May, the 22-year-old DeWitt batted .322 with five home runs and 18 RBI. The left-handed hitter went 28-for-87, scored 14 runs, hit two doubles, drew eight walks and posted a slugging percentage of .517 and an on-base percentage of .379. His month was highlighted by a 3-for-4 effort against the New York Mets on May 6th which included a go-ahead inside-the-park home run in the Dodgers' 5-4 victory. It was the first inside-the-parker by a Dodger since Dave Roberts did it in 2003. DeWitt had at least one RBI in each of his last five games in May. Entering Wednesday, his .290 batting average was second highest among all National League rookies and he was tied with Cleveland's Casey Blake among all Major Leaguers for the most hits with the bases loaded with six. The Missouri native was selected in the first round (28 th overall) in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft. Others rookies receiving votes included Atlanta Braves right-handed pitcher Manny Acosta (3-1, 1.80 ERA, 1 SV, 15 G, 15.0 IP, 12 SO); last month's winner, Chicago Cubs catcher Geovany Soto (.271, 11 2B, 4 HR, 18 RBI, .510 SLG, .357 OBP); and Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (.281, 6 HR, 16 RBI, 14 R, .528 SLG, .385 OBP). MLB fans should visit www.mlb.com/gillette throughout the season to access information on the nominees, unique statistics, video clips and exclusive editorial content all focused on the rookies. As part of Gillette's involvement, fans, for the first time, have a voice in selecting the Rookie of the Month winners by voting online each month at www.mlb.com/gillette. The online fan vote represents 20% of the overall vote with the remaining votes coming from team baseball writers and Club broadcasters. Gillette, the presenting sponsor of the National League Rookie of the Month Award will donate $5,000 in the name of Blake DeWitt to the Club's official charity. Voting for June's recipient of the National League Rookie of the Month Award presented by Gillette will begin on Thursday, July 3rd at www.mlb.com/gillette. MLB fans who cast their vote will automatically be entered for a chance to win a trip to a game of the 2008 MLB World Series. About Major League Baseball Properties
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