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06/02/2011 5:25 PM ET
Justin Turner Of The New York Mets Voted Winner Of The Gillette Presents National League Rookie Of The Month Award For May
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New York Mets infielder Justin Turner has been voted the May recipient of the Gillette presents National League Rookie of the Month Award.

Turner batted .325 (27-for-83) in May with one home run and 20 RBI, which ranked first among Major League rookies. The Cal-State Fullerton product added eight doubles and nine runs scored with two stolen bases while posting a .378 on-base percentage and a .458 slugging percentage. The 26-year-old second baseman compiled a career-best eight-game hitting streak from May 13th-21st, including three consecutive multi-hit games on May 15th at Houston, May 16th vs. Florida and May 18th vs. Washington. Turner, who is the first Met to win N.L. Rookie of the Month honors since the award's inception in 2001, set a Mets rookie record with an RBI in seven straight contests (12 total RBI) from May 14th-21st. According to Elias, Justin also recorded at least one RBI in 13 games over a 15-game span from May 14th-30th to become just the third rookie in Major League history to accomplish that feat, joining Philadelphia's Pinky Whitney (14 of 15 games in 1928) and Buster Chatham (13 of 15 in 1930) for the Boston Braves. On May 15th at Houston, Turner went 2-for-4 and connected for his first career home run while driving in a career-high five runs in a 7-4 Mets victory. On May 27th against the Phillies at Citi Field, Justin posted a career-best four hits, going 4-for-5 with a double and one RBI in the 6-4 loss. Turner, who was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the seventh round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, ranks first among Major League rookies with a .320 batting average and a .364 on-base percentage; fourth with a .470 slugging percentage; and fifth with 22 RBI. Since May 14th, Turner is tied for second in the Majors with 19 RBI, six behind Cincinnati's Jay Bruce.

Others rookies receiving votes included Arizona Diamondbacks teammates Josh Collmenter (2-1, 1.38 ERA, 6 G, 4 GS, 26.0 IP, 14 H, 3 BB, 12 SO) and Juan Miranda (.262, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 4 2B, 1 3B, 7 R, .538 SLG); Atlanta Braves teammates Craig Kimbrel (1-1, 3.52 ERA, 16, 9 SV, 15.1 IP, 13 H, 9 BB, 25 SO) and Freddie Freeman (.312, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 5 2B, 10 R); Chicago Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney (.296, 32 H, 11 RBI, 3 2B, 1 3B, 13 R, 2 SB), who was voted the Gillette Presents National League Rookie of the Month Award winner for April; Turner's Mets teammate Dillon Gee (3-0, 3.48 ERA, 7 G, 5 GS, 1 CG, 33.2 IP, 25 H, 13 BB, 27 SO); and Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa (.207, 8 HR, 18 RBI, 3 2B, 2 3B, 15 R, .543 SLG).

Turner will receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, to commemorate his Rookie of the Month performance.

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