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05/03/2010 5:03 PM ET
Kelly Johnson, Ubaldo Jimenez earn National League's monthly honors
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Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Kelly Johnson and Colorado Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez have been named Player of the Month and Pitcher of the Month, respectively, for April.

In his first month with the Diamondbacks, Johnson had the best April of his career, leading the National League with nine home runs and a .750 slugging percentage. In 22 games, Johnson batted .313 (25-80) with 18 RBI, 17 runs scored and a .404 OBP. His eight doubles were most among NL second basemen while his nine homers tied Steve Finley (2000) and Richie Sexson (2004) for the second-highest April totals in D-backs' franchise history (Luis Gonzalez's 13 HR in April, 2001 are first). After going 0-for-7 in his first two games of the season, the left-handed-hitting 28-year-old went 3-for-3 with two home runs in his third game en route to a 5-3 win over visiting San Diego. On April 23rd, the Austin, Texas native crushed two homers to help the D-backs defeat Philadelphia, 7-4, and in the three-game set, Johnson hit .364 with four homers and six RBI. On Thursday, April 29th, Johnson went 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBI as the D-backs defeated the Cubs 13-5 at Wrigley Field. The four-hit performance matched Johnson's career-high for hits in a game.

Jimenez, who was a perfect 5-0 in the season's opening month, surrendered just three earned runs over 34.1 innings of work for a 0.79 ERA, trailing only the Mets' Mike Pelfrey (0.69) for the Major League lead. Jimenez held opponents to a .186 batting average while notching 31 strikeouts. After starting the season 2-0, the Rockies' ace recorded the first no-hitter of the 2010 season in the Rockies' 4-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Despite issuing six walks through his first 5.0 innings, Jimenez settled in and retired the last 12 hitters he faced in-order to preserve the first no-hitter in Rockies history. The hard-throwing righty followed-up his no-no by tossing 7.1 shutout innings to outduel Washington's Livan Hernandez, 2-0. On Tuesday, April 27th, he extended his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 22.1, blanking Arizona through 6.0 innings of work en route to a 12-1 victory.

Other players receiving votes were Ryan Braun (.355, 5 HR, 20 RBI) of the Brewers; Florida's Jorge Cantú (.311, 5 HR, 23 RBI); Albert Pujols (.345, 7 HR, 19 RBI, .655 SLG) of the Cardinals; Andre Ethier (.329, 6 HR, 19 RBI) of the Dodgers; Atlanta's Martin Prado (.356, 32 H, 14 R); and San Francisco's Pablo Sandoval (.368, 32 H, .575 SLG). Pitchers who received consideration included Giants ace Tim Lincecum (4-0, 1.27 ERA, 43 SO); Mike Pelfrey (4-0, 0.69 ERA, 1 SV) of the Mets; Washington's Matt Capps (0.68 ERA, 10 SV); and Philadelphia's Roy Halladay (4-1, 1.80 ERA, 33 SO).

Kelly Johnson and Ubaldo Jimenez will receive specially designed trophies, suitably engraved, to commemorate their Player of the Month and Pitcher of the Month performances.

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