Detroit Tigers starter Justin Verlander has been named the American League Rookie of the Month for May.
In five starts for the Tigers Verlander went 4-1 with a 1.73 ERA over 36.1 IP. The 23-year-old right hander recorded 18 strikeouts and walked just six over the course of the month. On 5/17, Verlander gave up six hits over eight innings to combine with closer Todd Jones for the 2-0 shutout over Minnesota. In his next start on 5/22, the second overall selection in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft recorded his first career complete game shutout with an 8-0 win at Kansas City. On 5/27 Verlander allowed one run on seven hits over seven innings to beat Cleveland 3-1 for his fourth consecutive win. The win over Cleveland, combined with his first complete game shutout, helped Verlander to capture his first Player of the Week honors for the week of May 22nd. The win by Verlander marks the first time a Tiger has captured the Rookie of the Month prize since the award's inception in 2001.
Other A.L. rookies who received consideration were pitchers Francisco Liriano of Minnesota (3-0, 1.13, 24.0 IP); and (last month's winner) Jonathan Papelbon of Boston (0.71, 9 SV, 12.2 IP).
Verlander will receive a specially designed trophy as the American League Rookie of the Month.
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