08/04/2003 8:30 PM ET
Lima, Berroa earn July honors
Pitcher, rookie take home AL's monthly awards
CHICAGO -- When you win, the recognition will come. Royals shortstop Angel Berroa and right-hander Jose Lima are proof of that.
Lima and Berroa have been named the American League Pepsi Pitcher of the Month and Rookie of the Month, respectively, for July.
Lima has been a revelation since the Royals rescued him from the independent Atlantic League in June. He was 5-0 with a 1.44 earned run average in July, tying for the most wins in the American League. Lima becomes the first Royals pitcher to earn the monthly honor since Kevin Appier in June, 1995.
"This organization gave me a chance and I'm going to do whatever I can to help them win," Lima said. "I've developed a slider since I've been here and that has meant a lot to me. I always knew I was capable of pitching like I've been pitching. I've done it before."
Lima was 21-10 for Houston in 1999 and won eight consecutive starts in one stretch of that season. Lima won seven consecutive starts for the Royals, but is now on the disabled list with a strained right groin.
Berroa has been an all-around phenom for the Royals lately. He batted .323 in July with a .570 slugging percentage. Berroa led all Major League rookies with six homers and 22 runs batted in during July.
After being error-prone in the first half of the season, Berroa has settled down to become a solid and often spectacular defensive player. Berroa went into Monday's game against the White Sox with a string of 42 consecutive errorless games. He hadn't committed an error since June 17.
"Angel Berroa has got to be the most improved player in our entire organization," Royals manager Tony Pena said. "He has done everything we could have asked of a rookie. He's a big reason why we are where we are."
Robert Falkoff is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.
By Robert Falkoff / MLB.com