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09/03/09 5:55 PM ET
Bailey earns AL's monthly rookie honor
A's closer enters September with 16 straight saves converted
By Barry M. Bloom / MLB.com
Athletics closer Andrew Bailey has been voted the August recipient of the Gillette presents American League Rookie of the Month Award. Bailey converted seven saves in as many opportunities, went 2-0 and allowed only four hits in 11 scoreless innings during August. He hasn't walked a batter in 14 consecutive appearances across 14 innings. The only rookie to appear in this summer's All-Star Game at St. Louis' Busch Stadium, Bailey has now converted 16 save opportunities in a row, dating to July 17 -- two short of the franchise rookie record of 18 set by Huston Street in 2005. Overall this season, Bailey is 6-3 with a 1.88 ERA and 21 saves. With his 21 saves, which lead all Major League rookies and have the right-hander tied for eighth overall in the AL, Bailey is two shy of the franchise rookie record of 23 set by Street in 2005, when he won the AL Rookie of the Year Award.
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.