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09/30/2008 1:11 PM ET
Ryan Howard named winner of the "Major League Baseball Clutch Performer of the Month Presented by Pepsi" for September
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Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies 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 September, 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. 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.

In 25 games during September, Howard batted .352 (31-for-88) with seven doubles, two triples, 11 home runs, 32 RBI and 26 runs scored as he helped lead the Philadelphia Phillies to their second consecutive N.L. East Division title. The 28-year-old first baseman posted a slugging percentage of .852 and an on-base percentage of .422. Ryan recorded nine multi-hit games, including consecutive multi-hit games on Sept. 7th against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium and Sept. 8th-9th vs. Florida. The left-handed slugger posted his fifth multi-home run game of the season with a pair of two-run homers on Sept. 3rd at Washington and he went 4-for-5 with a triple, home run and three RBI on Sept. 16th at Atlanta. The 2006 National League Most Valuable Player led the N.L. in home runs, RBI and slugging percentage for the month and he finished the season with N.L.-best totals of 48 HR and 146 RBI. With his 48 home runs, Howard became the first Phillies player ever with three consecutive 40-homer seasons.

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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About MLB Advanced Media, LP
Established in June 2000 following a unanimous vote by the 30 Major League Baseball club owners to centralize all of Baseball's Internet operations, MLB Advanced Media LP (MLBAM) is the interactive media and internet company of Major League Baseball. MLBAM manages the official league site, www.MLB.com, and each of the 30 individual Club sites to create the most comprehensive Major League Baseball resource on the Internet. MLB.com offers fans the most complete baseball information on the web, including up-to-date statistics, game summaries, extensive historical information, and exclusive features about Major League Baseball events and programs, including on-line ticket sales, baseball merchandise, authenticated memorabilia and collectibles, fantasy games, live and archived radio broadcasts of every game, live and archived video webcasts of entire games, pitch-by-pitch enactment of games, and hosted post-game video highlight shows. MLB.com offered more live events on the Internet than any other website in the world.

About Pepsi-Cola North America
Purchase, N.Y.-based Pepsi-Cola North America (www.pepsi.com) is the refreshment beverage unit of PepsiCo, Inc., in the United States and Canada. Its U.S. brands include Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Aquafina, Sierra Mist, IZZE, SoBe, Mug, Tava, Tropicana Twister Soda, Tropicana Juice Drinks, Dole and Ocean Spray single-serve juices. The company also makes and markets North America's best-selling ready-to-drink iced teas and coffees, respectively, via joint ventures with Lipton and Starbucks. For more information, visit www.pepsiproductfacts.com

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