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Bay named NL Rookie of the Month
08/02/2004 5:12 PM ET
PITTSBURGH -- Pirates left fielder Jason Bay was named Monday as the National League's Rookie of the Month for July. For the Canadian slugger from Trail, British Columbia, it was the second consecutive month in which he garnered the award.

Just hours after learning that he had won the June award, Bay went 4-for-5 with eight RBIs on July 3 in the second game of a doubleheader against the Milwaukee Brewers to join Nomar Garciaparra as the only active Major League players with multiple eight-RBI games. The 25-year-old finished the month with a .338 batting average and led all NL rookies with four home runs and 20 RBIs.

After spending all of April on the disabled list while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, Bay has emerged as the favorite to become the first player in Pirates history to earn NL Rookie of the Year honors. He leads all Senior Circuit rookies with at least 200 at-bats in batting average (.305), home runs (13), RBIs (45), on-base percentage (.370) and slugging percentage (.581).

Bay said that he is more concerned with staying healthy than with winning awards.

"I'm not concentrating on it or anything. But it would be nice and I know it's a possibility," said Bay. "I also realize that if I can't go out there and play it is not going to do me any good. I just have to get out there and hopefully at the end of the year it all works out."

Other NL rookies receiving votes for the July award included Pirates southpaw Sean Burnett, who was 4-1 with a 3.64 ERA in five starts, fellow Bucs teammate Tony Alvarez, Kaz Matsui of the Mets, Aaron Miles and Matt Holliday of the Rockies, Khalil Greene of the Padres, Chad Cordero of the Expos, Charles Thomas of the Braves and Greg Aquino of the Diamondbacks.

Angels infielder Robb Quinlan was named the American League's top rookie for July, after hitting .407 with two home runs and 15 RBIs.

For being selected as the NL's top rookie in July, Bay will receive a specially-designed award from Major League Baseball.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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