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08/04/2009 4:24 PM ET
Detroit's Washburn named American League Pitcher of the Month
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Left-hander Jarrod Washburn, who was acquired by the Detroit Tigers from the Seattle Mariners in a July 31st trade, has been named the American League Pitcher of the Month for July. This marks the first monthly honor of his career.

In six starts for the Mariners last month, Washburn posted a 4-1 record with a 1.44 ERA in 43.2 innings, allowing just seven runs and notching 19 strikeouts. The 34-year-old had the lowest ERA of any pitcher in the A.L. with at least 25 innings pitched for the month of July, and he lowered his season ERA from 3.22 to 2.64. On July 6th, the lefty threw a complete-game shutout against the Baltimore Orioles at Safeco Field, allowing only one hit and issuing no walks. Jarrod has lasted at least 6.0 innings in each of his last 12 starts, the longest such streak of his career since a 17-start stretch in 2002-2003. Entering play today, Jarrod is 8-6 with a 2.64 ERA and 79 strikeouts in 133.0 innings pitched on the season. Washburn, who currently ranks first in the A.L. with a 1.068 WHIP, will be making his first start as a member of the Tigers tonight against the Baltimore Orioles at Comerica Park. Detroit acquired Washburn for left-handed pitchers Luke French and Mauricio Robles before the non-waiver trade deadline.

Others receiving consideration were New York Yankees teammates Mariano Rivera (0.00 ERA, 11.2 IP, 10 SV, 9 SO) and A.J. Burnett (4-0, 2.43 ERA, 33.1 IP, 21 SO); and John Lackey (5-1, 2.70 ERA, 43.1 IP, 36 SO) of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Jarrod Washburn will receive a specially-designed trophy and a Sharp AQUOS full HD LCD-TV to commemorate his Pitcher of the Month performance.

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