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Boston Red Sox outfielder J.D. Drew named Sharp Presents the American League Player of the Month for June07/02/2008 1:35 PM ET
Right fielder J.D. Drew of the Boston Red Sox has been named the Sharp Presents the American League Player of the Month for June. This marks J.D.'s first career monthly award honor.
In 26 games last month, Drew batted .337 (31-for-92) with 12 home runs and finished tied for the Major League-high with 29 RBI, along with Jermaine Dye of the Chicago White Sox. The 32-year-old outfielder scored 27 runs with a Major League-best .848 slugging percentage. The Georgia native collected 21 extra-base hits, including seven doubles and two triples. He walked 21 times and had a .462 on-base percentage. During the month, J.D. put together an eleven-game hitting streak from June 1st-12th, which included eight multi-hit games. He homered in three straight games from June 7th-10th. On June 18th, J.D. went 4-for-5 with a home run, a double and four RBI during an Interleague game at Philadelphia. He had seven multi-RBI efforts last month. Drew is batting .299 with 16 home runs and 50 RBI on the season.
Others receiving votes were Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler (.362, 12 2B, 6 HR, 16 RBI) and Kansas City Royals outfielders David DeJesus (.361, 18 R, 19 RBI) and Jose Guillen (.345, 9 2B, 7 HR, 25 RBI).
For setting the highest definition of excellence, Sharp, the presenting sponsor of the American League Player of the Month Award, presents J.D. Drew with a 52" AQUOS®. Sharp AQUOS is the "Official High-Definition Television of Major League Baseball." Drew will also receive a specially designed trophy to mark his achievement.
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