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10/05/2010 10:23 AM ET
Alex Rodriguez named winner of the "Major League Baseball Clutch Performer of the Month Award presented by Pepsi" for September
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Alex Rodriguez 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 Award 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 Award 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, pepsiclutch.mlb.com, powered by MLB.com specifically created for the Clutch Performer platform to vote for the nominee they believe was the best Clutch Performer during the previous month.

Rodriguez hit .309 (25-for-81) with nine home runs and 26 RBI in 22 contests during September as he helped lead the New York Yankees to the American League Wild Card. The 13-time A.L. All-Star added two doubles and 15 runs scored while posting an A.L.-best .667 slugging percentage. Rodriguez recorded at least one hit in 16 of his 22 games, including eight multi-hit contests. In addition, the 35-year-old third baseman collected nine multi-RBI efforts. On September 6th against Baltimore at Yankee Stadium, the three-time A.L. Most Valuable Player collected a home run and two RBI to increase his RBI total to 100 for the season. The 100-RBI season was the 14th of his career and the 13th consecutive (1996, 1998-2010), matching Lou Gehrig (1926-38) and Jimmie Foxx (1929-41) for the most consecutive 100-RBI seasons in Major League history. On September 11th at Texas, with the bases loaded and the Yankees trailing 5-3 in the eighth inning, Rodriguez knocked a double to left field, clearing the bases and giving the Yankees a 6-5 lead. On September 17th at Baltimore, Alex hit his second home run of the game, a three-run homer, in the top of the ninth inning to lead the Yankees to a 4-3 victory over the Orioles. The first overall selection in the 1993 First-Year Player Draft hit .300 (6-for-17) with one home run, 16 RBI and a .550 slugging percentage with runners in scoring position during the month. On September 29th at Toronto, Rodriguez recorded his 30th home run of the season, and is the only player in Major League history to have at least 30 home runs and 100 RBI in 14 different seasons (previous record was 12). In addition, Alex has accomplished the feat in each of his last 13 seasons, surpassing Jimmie Foxx (12) for the most such seasons in succession.

Fans will have the opportunity to vote on the "Major League Baseball Clutch Performer of the Year Award Presented by Pepsi" winner at MLB.com with the award being announced during the Major League Baseball postseason. Last season, Andre Ethier was named the recipient of the "2009 MLB Clutch Performer of the Year Award Presented by Pepsi."

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