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Scott Richmond of the Toronto Blue Jays named winner of the Gillette presents American League rookie of the month award for April
05/05/2009 3:00 PM ET

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Scott Richmond has been named the April recipient of the Gillette presents American League Rookie of the Month Award.

Scott went 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA in four starts during April. In 23.1 innings, Richmond permitted 20 hits and 10 walks with 20 strikeouts. The 29-year-old right-hander led A.L. rookies in wins and strikeouts, and tied for second in innings pitched. The North Vancouver, British Columbia native collected the victory in three consecutive starts from April 15th-28 following a no-decision in his season debut on April 10th. Richmond, who was signed by the Blue Jays as a free agent in October 2007, tossed at least 6.0 innings and allowed two runs or less in each of his three wins. The 6'5", 215-pounder struck out a season-high eight batters in his lone start at home on April 23rd against the Texas Rangers. On April 28th at Kansas City, the Oklahoma State University product hurled a season-best 7.0 innings while improving to 3-0. Scott, a member of Team Canada in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, became the first rookie to post a 3-0 record in April since Kaz Ishii and Josh Fogg accomplished the feat in 2002. In addition, he joined Jerry Garvin (1977), Chris Michalak (2001) and Gustavo Chacin (2005) as the only rookie pitchers in Blue Jays history to begin April with a 3-0 record.

Other rookies receiving votes included Oakland Athletics reliever Andrew Bailey (2-0, 1.15 ERA, 15.2 IP, 18 SO); and Richmond's Toronto teammate, starting pitcher Ricky Romero (2-0, 1.71 ERA, 21.0 IP, 13 SO).

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