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07/03/2009 12:22 PM ET
Felix Hernandex Named American League Pitcher of the Month
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Seattle Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez has been named the American League Pitcher of the Month for June, marking the first monthly honor of his career.

In six starts last month, Hernandez posted a perfect 3-0 record with a 0.94 ERA through 38.1 innings, while allowing just four earned runs with 35 strikeouts. The Mariners ace had the lowest ERA of all Major League pitchers with over 20 innings pitched in the month of June. On June 16th, the 23-year-old threw a two-hit complete-game shutout en route to a 5-0 win over the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. The outing marked Felix's sixth career complete game and his third career shutout. The Valencia, Venezuela native also notched 20 consecutive scoreless innings from June 10th - June 21st. His final June start came against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, where he went 8.0 innings, giving up no earned runs and notching nine strikeouts. Entering play today, Felix is 8-3 with a 2.54 ERA through 16 starts this season, and he currently ranks fourth in the American League with 107 strikeouts. He is 11-2 (.846) with a 2.55 ERA (37 ER, 130.1 IP) in 19 career June starts.

Others receiving consideration were Minnesota Twins closer Joe Nathan (0.00 ERA, 11.2 IP, 11 SV, 18 SO), Josh Beckett (4-1, 1.51 ERA, 35.2 IP, 1 CG, 35 SO) of the Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers righthander Kevin Millwood (4-1, 1.30 ERA, 34.2 IP, 27 SO). Felix Hernandez will receive a specially designed trophy and a Sharp Aquos television to commemorate his Pitcher of the Month performance.

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