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09/03/2009 4:31 PM ET
CC Sabathia Named American League Pitcher of the Month for August
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New York Yankees ace CC Sabathia, who is tied for the Major League lead with 16 wins this season, has been named the American League Pitcher of the Month for August. This marks the fourth monthly honor of his career, most recently earned in August 2008 while with the Milwaukee Brewers, and his second in the American League.

In six starts last month, Sabathia posted a perfect 5-0 record with a 2.64 ERA while leading the A.L. with 44.1 innings pitched and a Major League-best 49 strikeouts. Last month, the 29-year-old issued only six walks, the fewest of any A.L. pitcher who exceeded 40.0 innings pitched, and posted a season-high 10 strikeouts twice in his six appearances.

On August 8th, the left-hander tossed 7.2 shutout innings vs. the A.L. East Division rival Boston Red Sox, carrying a no-hitter into the sixth inning en route to a 5-0 win at Yankee Stadium. The outing marked the fourth time in his career and the first time this season that he threw at least 7.0 innings and limited his opponent to two hits or fewer. The 2007 A.L. Cy Young Award winner is 20-2 with a M.L.-best 2.21 ERA over the last five Augusts and is the only pitcher in the Majors with more than one five-win August over the stretch (5-0 in '05, '08 & '09). Sabathia currently leads the Majors with 199.1 innings pitched this season and holds a M.L.-best 8-1 record since the All-Star break. The three-time All-Star is 16-7 with a 3.48 ERA on the season and ranks sixth in the A.L. with 167 strikeouts.

Others receiving consideration were Sabathia's teammate Mariano Rivera (0.79 ERA, 8 SV, 14 SO); Texas Rangers right-hander Scott Feldman (5-0, 2.89 ERA, 1 CG, 34 SO); and the Gillette Presents A.L. Rookie of the Month Award winner, 2009 A.L. All-Star Andrew Bailey (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 7 SV, 7 SO) of the Oakland Athletics.

CC Sabathia 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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