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Ordonez, Lima and Berroa honored by AL for July

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New York, NY (Sports Network) - Chicago rightfielder and Kansas City pitcher were voted American League Player and Pitcher of the Month, respectively, for July. Also, ' shortstop was named AL Rookie of the Month. Ordonez batted .429 with 13 doubles, seven home runs and 24 RBI. It is the first career monthly award for Ordonez, who led the AL in average, hits, total bases (81), doubles, slugging percentage (.771) and extra-base hits (21).

He tied teammates and for the lead with 24 RBI, tied for the lead with 22 runs scored and ranked second in the AL with a .474 on- base percentage. His .429 average was the fifth-highest monthly figure in history, while his 45 hits tied Harold Baines (twice) for the second-highest monthly total since 1974.

Lima was victorious in all five of July starts. He also earned a 1.44 earned run average over 31 1/3 innings. Lima is the first KC pitcher to win the award since in June of 1995. He is currently on the disabled list with a strained groin and is 7-0 with a 2.96 ERA since being promoted to the on June 15.

Berroa led all major league rookies with six homers and 22 RBI in July. In 26 games, Berroa hit .323 with 15 runs scored, five doubles, five stolen bases and a .570 slugging percentage. He is batting .293 this season with 15 home runs and 53 RBI.

Others considered for the Player of the Month honor included Boston's and and of the New York .

Runner-up hurlers on the list were Seattle's , Oakland's , Toronto's and Boston's .

Several rookies who finished behind Berroa were Oakland's , Detroit's , Seattle's , Cleveland's , and , and Tampa Bay's .

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