05/09/2008 11:17 AM ET
Chien-Ming Wang named winner of the "Major League Baseball Clutch Performer of the Month Presented by Pepsi" for April
Chien-Ming Wang of the New York Yankees was selected by fans in an online vote as the winner of the "Major League Baseball Clutch Performer of the Month Presented by Pepsi" for April, it was announced today. The award recognizes the player who performed his best when the game was on the line. Pepsi has been the "Official Soft Drink of Major League Baseball" since 1997.
The "MLB Clutch Performer of the Month Presented by Pepsi" winner is selected by the fans from a list of six nominees chosen by a special editorial panel from MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball. During the first week of each month, fans can visit a microsite powered by MLB.com specifically created for the Clutch Performer Platform, pepsiclutch.mlb.com, to vote for the nominee they believe was the best Clutch Performer during the previous month.
In April, Wang was tied for the most wins in the American League by sporting a perfect 5-0 mark in his six starts. In four of his six starts, Wang went at least six innings and allowed two runs or less. His month was highlighted by an April 11th outing at Fenway Park in which the sinkerballer spun a two-hit complete game in the opener of New York's three-game set at Boston, a 4-1 win over the American League East rival Red Sox. On April 27th at Progressive Field in Cleveland, the 28-year-old Taiwan native struck out nine over seven shutout innings in a 1-0 victory against the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner, Indians left-hander C.C. Sabathia. That win snapped the Yankees' three-game losing streak.
At the conclusion of the season, fans will have the opportunity to vote on the "Major League Baseball Clutch Performer of the Year Presented by Pepsi" award winner at MLB.com and the award will be presented during the Major League Baseball postseason. Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees was named the inaugural recipient of the "2007 MLB Clutch Performer of the Year Presented by Pepsi."
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