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Pujols, Hudson voted National League Player, Pitcher of the Month
09/02/2010 4:24 PM ET

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols and Atlanta Braves starter Tim Hudson have been voted the National League Player and Pitcher of the Month, respectively, for August.

In 26 games last month, Pujols batted .379 (39-103) and led the N.L. with 11 home runs, a .777 slugging percentage and 29 runs scored while collecting 23 RBI. The three-time N.L. Most Valuable Player was among the league's monthly leaders in hits (39), on-base percentage (.453) and doubles (8). On August 26th, Pujols clubbed his 400th career home run, his 34th of the season, in an 11-10 loss at Washington, becoming the first player to reach the 400- homer plateau in his first 10 Major League seasons. Pujols posted 12 multi-hit games during the month, including backto- back 3-for-5 performances on August 23rd and 24th at Pittsburgh. The nine-time N.L. All-Star is among league leaders this season in home runs (1st, 35), total bases (1st, 292), RBI (2nd, 95), runs (2nd, 92), on-base percentage (2nd, .407), slugging (3rd, .593) and batting average (5th, .313). His 12 stolen bases lead the Cardinals and are tied for first among Major League first basemen along with Joey Votto of the N.L. Central rival Cincinnati Reds. This is Albert's fifth career monthly award, the most recent being earned in June 2009.

In six August starts, Hudson went 4-0 with a 1.71 ERA (42.0 IP, 8 ER) and struck out 35 while walking only nine. On August 28th, the 12-year Major League veteran notched his 1,500th career strikeout and his 600th as a Brave in a 12-3 victory over visiting Florida. A participant in his third career All-Star Game this year and his first in the N.L. dugout, Hudson fanned a career-high 13 across 7.0 innings to pick up his 15th win of the season. The Georgia native blanked opponents in back-to-back victories on August 7th (vs. SF) and August 13th (vs. LA), tossing 8.0 innings and fanning six in each outing. Hudson held opponents to a .220 batting average while allowing only one home run in the month. The N.L. East-leading Braves were 5-1 in Hudson's August starts. The hard-throwing sinkerballer's 2.24 ERA is currently tops in the National League, while his 15 wins rank fourth. This is Tim's second career monthly award and his first since winning American League honors in September 2000 as a member of the Oakland Athletics.

Other players receiving votes were Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez (.344, 8 HR, 23 RBI, 5 SB, 20 R, .774 SLG) and Votto (.333, 5 HR, 25 RBI, 17 R, 4 SB, .423 OBP). Pitchers who received support were Rockies reliever Rafael Betancourt (4-0, 0.90, 10.0 IP, 20 SO); San Diego's Heath Bell (1.59, 8 SV, 15 SO) and Mat Latos (2-1, 1.69, 37 SO, 32.0 IP); Arizona's Daniel Hudson (4-1, 1.85, 42 SO, 43.2 IP); Philadelphia's Brad Lidge (0.73, 8 SV, 12 SO) and Roy Oswalt (3-0, 1.53, 31 SO, 35.1 IP); Ted Lilly (5-1, 3.29, 36 SO, 38.1 IP) of the Los Angeles Dodgers; and Houston's Wandy Rodriguez (2-1, 1.34, 43 SO, 40.1 IP).

Albert Pujols and Tim Hudson will receive specially designed trophies, suitably engraved, to commemorate their Player of the Month and Pitcher of the Month performances.

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