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06/02/2005 4:54 PM ET
Ryan Church of the Nationals voted National League Rookie of the Month for May
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Washington Nationals outfielder Ryan Church, who recorded a .377 batting average and collected 11 RBI during the month of May, has been voted National League Rookie of the Month.

Church's batting average led all National League rookies for the month while finishing second with a .508 slugging percentage and a .406 on-base percentage. Over 20 games he collected 23 hits, six runs, one home run, and five doubles. Ryan posted career highs with four hits and four RBI in a win at San Francisco on May 7th, including a game-winning three run double with two out in the ninth.

Other rookies receiving votes included Nationals teammate Gary Majewski (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 6 SO); Brad Halsey (2-2, 2.82 ERA, 21 SO) and Lance Cormier (2-0, 2.76 ERA, 10 SO) of the Diamondbacks; Lance Niekro (.286, 4 HR, 12 RBI) and Jason Ellison (.261, 3 HR, 7 RBI) of the Giants; Jeff Francis (3-2, 5.82 ERA, 26 SO) and Clint Barmes (.254, 3 HR, 13 RBI) of the Rockies; Kyle Davies (2-1, 1.15 ERA, 16 SO) and Ryan Langerhans (.200, 4 HR, 15 RBI) of the Braves; and Yhency Brazoban (1-1, 5.54 ERA, 4 SV) of the Dodgers.

Ryan Church will receive a specially-designed trophy for being voted National League Rookie of the Month for May.

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