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Ortiz named AL player of month

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  August 2, 2006 02:53 PM

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Red hot Sox designated hitter David Ortiz has been selected as the American League player of the month for July, it was announced today.

Big Papi led all major league players with 14 home runs, 35 RBIs, 87 total bases and 21 extra base hits (tied) for the month and ranked second in slugging at .798 while batting .339 (37-109) in his last 26 games.

Among his 37 hits were two game-winning walk-off hits, both coming in the last week.

More on Ortiz from the Red Sox PR department:

This is the second time that Ortiz has been selected for the monthly honor as he also won for September 2005,s the only Sox player to earn award since 2003.

Ortiz leads all major league players with 37 homers and 105 RBI. His 37 homers through end of July are 5 more than any previous Red Sox player (Manny Ramirez in 2001) and most for any major leaguer since 2001 (Bonds—45; Luis Gonzalez—41).

Ortiz established a club record with 105 RBI through end of July…The previous recor was 104, shared by Vern Stephens and Ted Williams, both in 1949. Since the start of 2002, the only other major leaguer with 105+ RBI through July was Toronto’s Carlos Delgado (106) in 2003 (Source: Elias Sports Bureau).

In July, Ortiz led the majors with 14 homers, tying the club record for any month (Jackie Jensen, June 1958) and 35 RBI, a July club mark (33-Nomar Garciaparra, 1998), the most RBIs for a Red Sox in any month since 35 for Nick Esasky in August 1989. Ortiz’ best previous month was 31 in June 2004.

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