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05/05/09 2:40 PM ET

Pujols honored as April's top NL hitter

Cards slugger homered eight times, led league in RBIs, runs

Albert Pujols, whose typically imposing April performance included hitting eight homers while striking out only seven times, received Sharp Presents the National League Player of the Month honors for the month.

St. Louis' seven-time All-Star first baseman accented his .337 average in April with 28 RBIs and 22 runs scored -- both figures leading the league. Pujols reached base in each of the 23 games in which he played, and knocked in his milestone 1,000th run on April 25.

Others receiving votes for the monthly award were first basemen Adrian Gonzalez (.333-9-20) of the Padres and Jorge Cantu (.365-7-22) of the Marlins, and outfielder Manny Ramirez, who sparked the Dodgers to the Majors' best record by hitting .372, with five homers and 15 RBIs.

Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.