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Bautista, Buchholz awarded American League August honors09/02/2010 4:40 PM ET
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista and Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz have been voted the American League Player and Pitcher of the Month, respectively, for August.
Bautista led the A.L. in home runs (12), RBI (24), slugging percentage (.724) and total bases (72), and tied for the lead in extra-base hits (18). The 2010 All-Star also finished tied for second with 23 runs and third with 23 walks. He concluded last month by reaching base safely in 13 consecutive games and in 18-of-19 dating back to August 12th. August marked Bautista's third month of the season as the league leader in home runs, setting a Toronto franchise record. The Santo Domingo, D.R. native also tied Jose Cruz, Jr. (2001) and Carlos Delgado (1999) the franchise record for most home runs in August. Bautista became the only Blue Jays player to ever hit at least 10 home runs in three different months of a year. He connected for his 100th career home run on August 26th off Detroit's Max Scherzer in a 7-1 loss in Toronto. On August 23rd, the 29-year-old blasted his 40th home run of the season, breaking an eighth-inning tie to give the host Blue Jays a 3-2 win over the Yankees. On August 31st in a 13-5 win at Tampa Bay, Bautista collected four RBI to end the month with 103 RBI this season, becoming the first Toronto player to reach the 100-RBI plateau prior to September since 2003 (Carlos Delgado, 122 and Vernon Wells, 103). This is the second career monthly award for Bautista, who shared last month's honor with Minnesota's Delmon Young. He is the second Blue Jays player to win this award in two months of a single season (John Olerud, April and June of 1993) and the first to ever claim it in back-to-back months. Before Bautista's July honors, no Toronto player had won since Joe Carter in April of 1994.
Buchholz went 4-0 with a 1.03 earned run average and 28 strikeouts over six August starts. The right-hander finished the month second in the A.L. in ERA, tied for second in wins and tied for third in innings pitched (43.2). He is also the Major League-leader with a 2.21 ERA on the season and ranks among the A.L. leaders in wins (t-3rd, 15), winning percentage (4th, .750) and opponent batting average (4th, .222). Of Buchholz' four wins in August, three came against A.L. East rivals (Toronto twice, New York). The 2010 All-Star tossed at least seven innings in five of his six starts on the month and allowed no more than one earned run in five of the six. In August, Buchholz pitched a career-high 26.2 consecutive scoreless innings. During that stretch, the 26-year-old made three consecutive starts without allowing an earned run (August 11th at Toronto, August 17th vs. Los Angeles, August 22nd vs. Toronto). This is the first career monthly award for Buchholz. Along with Jon Lester (May), it marks the sixth time two different Boston pitchers have earned the honor in the same season, and the first time since 2002 (Derek Lowe in April and Pedro Martinez in July).
The runner-up for the A.L. Player of the Month was Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko, who led the league in hitting at .382 with seven home runs and 23 RBI. Also receiving votes were Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton (.356, 8 HR, 22 RBI) and Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer (.380, 2 HR, 16 RBI). Finishing second to Buchholz in the A.L. Pitcher of the Month balloting was Seattle Mariners starter Felix Hernandez, who posted a 3-2 record with a 0.82 ERA and 51 strikeouts. Also receiving votes were Texas Rangers starter C.J. Wilson (4-0, 2.11 ERA, 40 SO); Kansas City Royals reliever Joakim Soria (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 8 SV); Chicago White Sox starter Edwin Jackson (3-0, 1.47 ERA, 45 SO); New York Yankees starter CC Sabathia (5-1, 3.12 ERA, 36 SO); and Tampa Bay Rays reliever Rafael Soriano (0-0, 0.84 ERA, 10 SV).
Bautista and Buchholz will each receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, to commemorate their Player and Pitcher of the Month performances.
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