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05/02/2007 4:30 PM ET
Halladay, Maine honored as April's Pitchers of the Month
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Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Roy Halladay has been named American League Pitcher of the Month and New York Mets right-hander John Maine has earned National League Pitcher of the Month honors for April, it was announced today.

In six April starts, Halladay went 4-0 with a 2.28 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 47.1 innings pitched. The 30- year-old right-hander pitched two complete games in the month, including a 10.0 inning performance on April 13th against the Tigers. He struck out 10 batters in a winning effort against the Red Sox in Boston on April 24th. Roy Halladay is a four-time American League All-Star and winner of the 2003 Cy Young award after going 22-7 with 3.25 ERA. This is his third career American League Pitcher of the Month Award.

Josh Beckett (5-0, 2.48 ERA, 28 SO) of the Boston Red Sox finished second in the voting to Halladay. Also receiving votes was Al Reyes (0-0, 1.50 ERA, 9 saves, 16 SO) of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Maine, whose 1.35 ERA led the Major Leagues in April, posted a 4-0 record in the month. Over 33.1 innings pitched, Maine has allowed only five earned runs and no more than two earned runs in any outing.

He recorded 30 strikeouts and ranked third with a .159 batting average against. Maine and Jose Reyes have now become the first Mets teammates to win the Player and Pitcher of the Month awards since Dwight Gooden and Gary Carter in September 1985. Maine is the first Mets hurler to win the monthly award since Al Leiter won in June 2000.

Other pitchers receiving votes were Atlanta's Tim Hudson, who went 3-0 with a 1.40 ERA and 32 strikeouts; Milwaukee's Francisco Cordero, who posted a 0.00 ERA and 10 saves; Cincinnati's Aaron Harang, who went 4-0 and with a 4.23 ERA and 36 strikeouts; San Diego's Jake Peavy, who went 3-1 with a 2.06 ERA and 46 strikeouts; San Francisco's Matt Cain, who went 1-1 with a 1.54 ERA and 23 strikeouts; and Milwaukee's Chris Capuano, who went 4-0 with a 3.21 ERA and 21 strikeouts.

Roy Halladay and John Maine will each receive a Sharp AQUOS® full HD LCD-TV and a specially designed trophy to commemorate their Pitcher of the Month performances.

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