Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was named Budweiser Presents American League Player of the Month for July.
Pedroia received the award after hitting .411 (46-for-112) with eight home runs, 22 RBIs, 27 runs scored, nine doubles and one triple in July. It is the first Player of the Month Award of Pedroia's career, and the second straight presented to a Red Sox player. Adrian Gonzalez was June's recipient of the award.
Among all eligible players (minimum 84 plate appearances), the 2008 Most Valuable Player and three-time All-Star ended the month tops in batting average, hits, slugging pecentage (.465), and was second in home runs and sixth in RBIs.
Pedroia's July also put him in distinguished company within the Red Sox's record books. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, his 46 hits were the most by a Red Sox player in July since 1939, when Bobby Doerr, Ted Williams and Jimmy Foxx collected 52, 48 and 47 hits respectively. Pedroia's eight home runs were the most hit by a Red Sox player in July since Felix Mantilla hit 10 long balls in 1964. The second baseman punctuated his month on July 26, when he tallied a season-high four hits, including a double, triple, three runs scored and an RBI.
Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was among the foursome who also received votes. Ellsbury hit .382 with eight home runs and 22 RBIs. Rangers infielder Michael Young (.390, 20 RBIs, 11 doubles, 20 runs), Twins outfielder Michael Cuddyer (.336, 6 home runs, 25 RBIs, .545 slugging) and A's designated hitter Hideki Matsui (.369, 3 home runs, 22 RBI, .449 slugging) were also nominated.
Jon Star is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.