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08/02/2006 3:52 PM ET
Ortiz, Lackey named American League Player, Pitcher of the Month
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Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitcher John Lackey have been named the American League Player and Pitcher of the Month, respectively, for July.

Ortiz reached based safely in 21 games during the month of July and finished the month with 87 total bases. In 26 games overall, "Big Papi" batted .339 (37-109) and hit 14 home runs with 35 RBI. He leads the Majors with 37 home runs and 105 RBI. Ortiz recorded six doubles and one triple while posting a .429 on-base percentage and a .798 slugging percentage in July. The three-time All-Star drove in two or more runs in a game on nine different occasions last month. David had three multi-home run games in the month, giving him four for the season and a total of 24 career multi-homer games. In a game against the Marlins on July 1st, Ortiz went 3-for-4 with a double, two home runs, four RBI and three runs scored. On July 6th at Tampa Bay, he went 2-for-4 with two home runs and six RBI. On the final day of the month Papi went 3-for-5 with a double, two homers and four RBI against the Indians at Fenway Park. In that game on July 31st against Cleveland, Big Papi ended it in dramatic fashion by ripping a game-winning three-run homer. It was Ortiz's fifth walk-off hit of the season and 15th (including postseason) since joining the Red Sox in 2003 and the ninth time he has gone deep to end a game in his Red Sox career. This marks the second time Ortiz has won the monthly honors (previous: Sept. 2005).

Lackey went 5-1 with a 2.08 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 43.1 IP during the month of July. The 27-year-old right-hander won his first three starts of July. Lackey pitched back-to-back complete-game shutouts on July 7th at Oakland and July 14th versus Tampa Bay. Against the Athletics, Lackey spun a one-hitter, striking out 10, walking none and retiring the last 27 hitters he faced after giving up a double to lead off the game. Versus the Devil Rays, John scattered five hits and struck out 10 while walking two. He struck 10 hitters in three straight games (July 2, July 7 and July 14). He is currently 10-6 with a 2.95 ERA and 127 strikeouts in 149.1 IP this season for the Angels. This marks the first the first career Pitcher of the Month Award for Lackey and the first time an Angel has won the award since Bartolo Colon won it in August 2005.

Minnesota's Justin Morneau (.410, 8 HR, 23 RBI) finished second to Ortiz. Minnesota starter Francisco Liriano (4-1, 1.51 ERA, 41.2 IP, 55 SO), the A.L. Rookie of the Month for July, finished second to Lackey. Ortiz and Lackey each will receive a specially designed trophy as the American League Player and Pitcher of the Month.

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