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Tampa Bay Rays' Jeremy Hellickson named AL pitcher, rookie of month

Tampa Bay Rays RHP Jeremy Hellickson was named the AL Pitcher and Rookie of the month for his outstanding May.

Here is the league release:

"Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson has been voted the American League Pitcher of the Month for May.

Hellickson, who was also named the Gillette Presents American League Rookie of the Month for May, compiled a 4-1 record with a 1.36 ERA in five starts, leading all Major League rookies in wins for the month and finished tied for first among all A.L. pitchers.

His 1.36 ERA was third-best in the league and was the second-lowest May ERA in franchise history, trailing Scott Kazmir's 1.22 ERA in 2008. It is the third-lowest ERA of any month in club history, trailing only Kazmir and Matt Garza (1.27 in August 2010).

The 24-year-allowed six runs (five earned) on 19 hits with 23 strikeouts, 15 walks and a .168 opponent batting average in 33.0 innings. The right-hander allowed the fewest hits among all A.L. starting pitchers with at least 32.0 innings of work and was seventh-lowest among all A.L. hurlers.

The Des Moines, Iowa native held the opposition to five hits or less in all five of his May starts. In his first two starts of the month, both against the Orioles, Hellickson kept the Baltimore offense scoreless over 14.0 innings, allowing just seven hits total. On May 7 th , the Rays' fourth round pick in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft scattered three hits over 5.0 innings and struck out four to lead the Rays to an 8-2 win in Baltimore. In his next start against the O's on May 13 th , Hellickson allowed four hits, struck out three and walked one to blank Baltimore, 3-0, at Tropicana Field.

The 120-pitch outing was Hellickson's first complete game and first shutout of his career, and it was the first complete game hurled by an A.L. rookie this season. On May 18 th , Hellickson allowed three earned runs on five hits and struck out six in 5.2 innings to down the Blue Jays, 6- 5, at the Rogers Centre. It marked his fourth consecutive victory, tying a career-high. He previously accomplished the feat from August 2-September 22, 2010.

In his final start of the month on May 29 th ,

Hellickson held the A.L. Central Division-leading Cleveland Indians to just three hits over 7.0 shutout innings en route to a 6-3 win in St. Petersburg. He struck out six and walked two.

This is Jeremy's first career Pitcher of the Month Award.''

Tampa Bay Rays' Jeremy Hellickson named AL pitcher, rookie of month 06/02/11 [Last modified: Thursday, June 2, 2011 6:16pm]
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