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Jose Bautista, Delmon Young, Gavin Floyd earn American League Monthly honors for July08/04/2010 4:31 PM ET
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista and Minnesota Twins designated hitter Delmon Young have been voted the American League Players of the Month for July, while Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Gavin Floyd has been voted the American League Pitcher of the Month for July. This marks the first time the A.L. Player of the Month Award has been shared since August 1999, when Texas Rangers teammates Rafael Palmeiro and Ivan Rodriguez both won the honors.
Bautista led the Majors with 11 home runs during July, marking the second time this season he has recorded the most home runs in a single month (12 in May). Jose, who made his All-Star Game debut in July, also becomes the first Blue Jay in club history to lead the Majors in homers in at least two different months of a single calendar season.
Jose also led the A.L. with a .765 slugging percentage and ranked third with 29 RBI while posting a .347 batting average with eight doubles and 20 runs scored. Jose compiled 10 multi-hit efforts during the month, including six two-hit games, three three-hit games and one four-hit contest. Bautista posted a season-best eight-game hitting streak from July 22nd - 28th, and had multi-hit performances in each of the last five games of the streak. On July 27th vs. Baltimore, Jose recorded a season-high four hits and collected his fifth multi-homer game of the season with two home runs and five RBI. During the three game series against the Orioles, the 29-year-old Dominican native went 8-for-12 (.667) with three doubles, three home runs, eight RBI and six runs scored. Dating back to September 1st of last season, Bautista leads the Majors with 43 home runs, nine more than Milwaukee's Prince Fielder (34). This is the first career monthly award for Bautista.
Young led the A.L. with 46 hits during the month, batting .434 (46-for-106), and tied for the league-lead with 12 doubles. The 24-year-old slugger also finished second in the league with 30 RBI and collected six home runs with 17 runs scored while slugging .736. Delmon hit safely in 23 of 26 games played and had multi-hit performances in 16 contests. On July 24th at Baltimore, Young posted his fifth career four-hit game, going 4-for-4 with a home run and three RBI. Just two days later on July 26th at Kansas City, the top overall selection of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft, turned the trick again, going 4-for-6 with two doubles and an RBI. In a three-game set against the Royals from July 26th - 28th, Young hit 9-15 (.600) with three doubles, one homer, five RBI and six runs scored. Young drove in at least one run in 18 of his 26 games, including seven multi-RBI performances. Dating back to June 3rd, Delmon has hit safely in 46 of 54 games, going 79-for-210 (.376) with 19 doubles, one triple, nine homers and 52 RBI. This marks the first career monthly award for Young.
Floyd posted a Major League-leading 0.80 ERA en route to a 3-1 mark over five starts in July. In 33.2 innings pitched, the 27-year-old right-hander permitted just three earned runs on 28 hits with seven walks and 25 strikeouts while holding opposing hitters to a .228 batting average. Gavin earned victories in back-to-back home starts to begin the month on July 5th against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and July 10th versus Kansas City, allowing just one earned run in each start. On July 21st at Seattle, Floyd tossed 7.0 shutout innings with six strikeouts in a no-decision, and followed up his performance with 7.0 scoreless innings against the Mariners on July 27th at U.S. Cellular Field to extend his scoreless innings streak to 15.0 innings. The Maryland native has not allowed more than two earned runs in 11 consecutive outings, which is the longest such streak of his career. In addition, his 1.06 ERA since June 8th ranks first in the Majors ahead of San Diego's Mat Latos (1.57). This is the first career monthly award for Floyd.
Other players who received votes for the monthly award were Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (.398, 6 HR, 23 RBI); June's Player of Month Award winner Josh Hamilton (.418, 5 HR, 17 RBI) of the Rangers; and New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (.344, 8 HR, 26 RBI). Pitchers who received support were Carl Pavano (4-0, 2.91 ERA) of the Twins, June's Pitcher of the Month Award winner Cliff Lee (2-1, 2.28 ERA) of the Rangers and reliever Rafael Soriano (0-1, 2.57 ERA, 11 saves) of the Tampa Bay Rays.
Bautista, Young and Floyd will each receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, to commemorate their Player and Pitcher of the Month performances.
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