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Brian Matusz of the Baltimore Orioles voted winner of the Gillette presents American League Rookie of the Month award for August09/02/2010 4:59 PM ET
Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Brian Matusz has been voted the August recipient of the Gillette presents American League Rookie of the Month Award.
Matusz, who went 4-1 with a 2.43 ERA over six August starts, led all A.L. rookie pitchers in wins, innings pitched (37.0) and strikeouts (26). He held opposing hitters to a .241 batting average, yielding 33 hits and just seven walks. The fourth overall selection of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft matched a career-high with 8.0 innings pitched (also June 12th vs. NYM) at home on August 19th against the A.L. West-leading Texas Rangers, permitting just five hits and no runs with one walk and six strikeouts in the 4-0 win. The 23-year-old left-hander followed up with a 4-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on August 25th, yielding just one run on three hits with one walk and five strikeouts over 7.0 innings. In the two starts combined (15.0 innings pitched), Brian allowed just four runners to reach second base. Matusz hurled at least 6.0 innings in five of his six August starts and issued no more than two walks in each of them. In addition, five of his six starts came against clubs with winning records: Tampa Bay, Texas, Boston and Chicago (twice). The University of San Diego product ranks first among all A.L. rookie pitchers this season with 27 starts, 150.2 innings pitched and 117 strikeouts. He also ranks second with a .269 opposing batting average and third with seven victories. Brian leads the American League in strikeout percentage against left-handed batters a 31% (Minnesota's Francisco Liriano ranks second at 29%). In eight career starts against the A.L. East rival Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees combined, Matusz is 3-3 with a 2.32 ERA (13 earned runs in 50.1 innings pitched).
Other rookies receiving votes included Jeremy Hellickson (3-0, 2.05 ERA, 26.1 IP, 25 SO) and John Jaso (.305, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 5 2B) of the Rays; Detroit's Austin Jackson (.286, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 34 H); Minnesota's Danny Valencia (.276, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 9 2B); Ivan Nova (1-0, 2.45 ERA, 11.0 IP, 10 SO) of the Yankees; and Chris Sale (0-1, 1.00 ERA, 9 G, 9.0 IP, 14 SO) of the White Sox. Matusz will receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, to commemorate his Rookie of the Month performance.
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