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Hernandez is Pitcher of the Month
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08/05/2003  1:18 AM ET 
Hernandez is Pitcher of the Month
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MONTREAL -- Montreal Expos right-hander Livan Hernandez was named the Pepsi National League Pitcher of the Month for July on Monday. Hernandez is the first Expos pitcher to win the award since August of 2001, when Javier Vazquez went 5-1 with a 0.55 ERA.

Hernandez made six starts and went 4-1 with a 1.80 ERA. He led the NL with 50 innings pitched, three complete games and 43 strikeouts. That one loss came on July 29 against the Cardinals, and even in that game, he went the distance and gave up only two runs.

On July 7, he struck out a season-high 10 batters in an 8-1 win over Philadelphia.

Pitchers also receiving votes were Atlanta's John Smoltz and Russ Ortiz; San Diego's Kevin Jarvis and Rod Beck; Houston's Ron Villone and Billy Wagner; and Milwaukee's Ben Sheets.

Hernandez also was named the National League Co-Player of the Week for the period of July 7-13, sharing the award with Colorado Rockies outfielder Preston Wilson.

Hernandez, who was acquired from the Giants in late March, has been the ace of the Expos this year, going 11-7 with a 3.32 ERA.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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