06/05/2006 4:26 PM ET
Rodriguez, Sabathia named American League Player, Pitcher of the Month
New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and Cleveland Indians left-hander C.C. Sabathia have been named
the American League Player and Pitcher of the Month, respectively, for May.
Rodriguez reached based safely in 25 games during the month of May and finished the month with a nine-game hitting
streak. In 28 games overall, the reigning American League M.V.P. batted .330 (36-109) and hit eight home runs while
tying Boston's David Ortiz and Cleveland's Travis Hafner for the league lead with 28 RBI. Rodriguez recorded five doubles, one triple and 67 total bases while posting a .416 on-base percentage and .615 slugging percentage. He collected three RBI in a game on five different occasions last month, including on May 27th against Kansas City, when he marked the 44th multi-homer game of his career in New York's 15-4 victory. The nine-time All-Star then helped the Yankees finish the month by taking three of four games at Detroit as he went 6-for-13 with three RBI and three runs scored against the Tigers. He is currently leading all American League third basemen in All-Star balloting. This marks the seventh time Rodriguez has won the A.L. Player of the Month Award, and the second consecutive year he has won for the month of May. It is his third win as a Yankee.
Sabathia returned from an early stint on the disabled-list to go 5-1 with a 1.20 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 45.0 IP during the month of May. The 25-year-old left hander pitched eight innings or more in four consecutive starts from May 7-24. On May 7th at Seattle, Sabathia scattered seven hits before combining with closer Bob Wickman for a 2-0 shutout of the Mariners. Then, on May 13th against Detroit, he recorded the sixth double-digit strikeout game of his career while going
eight innings in the tough-luck 3-0 loss. On May 19th and May 24th, the two-time A.L. All-Star recorded the seventh and eighth complete games of his career with wins against Pittsburgh and at Minnesota. The May 24th win at Minnesota
marked his third career shutout and first since the 2004 campaign. His 74 career wins are by far the most of any active pitcher under the age of 26. This marks the first career Pitcher of the Month Award for Sabathia and the first time an Indian has won the award since Bartolo Colon won it in May 2002.
Boston's Mark Loretta (.404, 1 HR, 16 RBI) finished a close second to Rodriguez. Tampa Bay starter Scott Kazmir (4-
1, 1.91 ERA) finished second to Sabathia. Rodriguez and Sabathia each will receive a specially designed trophy as the
American League Player and Pitcher of the Month.