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08/03/2011 4:58 PM ET
Bonifacio named NL Player of the Month
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Florida Marlins utilityman Emilio Bonifacio has been voted the Budweiser Presents National League Player of the Month for July. Budweiser, the official beer sponsor of Major League Baseball and sponsor for 24 of 30 MLB clubs, is also the presenting sponsor of the National League and American League Player of the Month Awards.

In 26 July contests, Bonifacio's .380 (38-for-100) batting average ranked first among qualifying National Leaguers. The Marlins' leadoff hitter led the Majors with a .466 on-base percentage and 16 stolen bases during the month while tying for the Major League-lead in runs scored with 27. Bonifacio was tied for second in the N.L. in hits (38) and ranked third in walks (16) while adding six RBI, four doubles and his third career home run. The Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic native collected hits in all but one of his July appearances and had a career-best 26-game hitting streak, which began on June 28th, and was snapped on July 29th in a 5-0 loss at Atlanta. The streak was the longest single-season Marlins hitting streak since Luis Castillo's 35-game streak from May 8-June 21, 2002. On July 24th, Bonifacio swiped his 22nd base of the season, breaking his previous career high of 21 stolen bases (2009). On July 13th, the speedy switch-hitter went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and stole a career best-tying three bases in a 5-4 win over the visiting Houston Astros. The versatile youngster has made starts at six different positions this year for the Fish, including 28 at third base, 24 in left field, 20 at shortstop, seven in center field, six in right field and two at second base. His 25 stolen bases rank sixth in the National League this season. This is his first career monthly award.

Other players receiving votes were Atlanta infielders Freddie Freeman (.362, 6 HR, 18 RBI, 7 2B, 38 H, .600 SLG) and Dan Uggla (.293, 8 HR, 5 2B, 19 RBI, .586 SLG); Arizona's Justin Upton (.300, 8 HR, 9 2B, 22 RBI, 21 R, .650 SLG); Philadelphia's Raul Ibañez (.284, 7 HR, 5 2B, 25 RBI, .558 SLG) and Jimmy Rollins (.312, 6 HR, 34 H, 16 RBI, 11 R, .523 SLG); Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen (.255, 4 HR, 8 2B, 22 RBI, .511 SLG); Albert Pujols (.295, 7 HR, 20 RBI, 8 2B, .625 SLG) of the St. Louis Cardinals; Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki (.352, 5 HR, 9 2B, 32 H, 20 RBI, .615 SLG) and Todd Helton (.317, 2 HR, 7 2B, 20 RBI, .433 OBP); Aramis Ramirez (.268, 9 HR, 23 RBI, 18 R, .608 SLG) of the Cubs; Washington's Mike Morse (.344, 2 HR, 13 RBI, .533); and Bonifacio's Florida teammates Mike Stanton (.270, 8 HR, 19 RBI, 18 R, .560 SLG) and Logan Morrison (.212, 6 HR, 26 RBI, 6 2B).

The Budweiser Presents National League Player of the Month, Emilio Bonifacio, will receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, in recognition of his accomplishment.

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