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09/02/2004 5:39 PM ET
Texas pitcher Frank Francisco takes AL Rookie of the Month honors for August
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Texas Rangers hurler Frank Francisco, who was 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA, has been named the American League Rookie of the Month for August.

In 13 games, Francisco allowed just seven hits over 16.0 innings pitched. He recorded 16 strikeouts while walking seven. The right-hander has been a vital cog of the AL's top bullpen in ERA (3.47) and winning percentage (28-12, .700). Francisco (5-1, 3.15 ERA, 45.2 IP, 32 H, 55 SO) is the second Ranger to win the AL's monthly rookie honors this season, joining catcher Gerald Laird, who won in April. He began his Major League career by recording a strikeout in each of his first 13 appearances and in 33 of his 40 outings overall. The native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic had three strikeouts in two innings pitched or less three times in August. Francisco ranks sixth among AL relievers in strikeouts per nine innings pitched (10.84 SO/9.0 IP). Originally signed as a non-drafted free agent by Boston in 1996, Francisco was acquired by Texas from the White Sox as part of the trade that sent Carl Everett to Chicago on July 1, 2003.

Other rookie players who excelled in August were Kansas City's David DeJesus (.359, 2 HR, 11 RBI, .416 OBP), John Buck (.263, 6 HR, 17 RBI), Abraham Nuñez (.287, 4 HR, 18 RBI) and Andres Blanco (.364, 12-33); Seattle's Bucky Jacobsen (.298, 4 HR, 16 RBI); last month's winner, Anaheim's Robb Quinlan (.367, 3 HR, 7 RBI); Ross Gload (.343, 1 HR, 7 RBI) of the Chicago White Sox; and May's AL Rookie of the Month, Boston's Kevin Youkilis (3 HR, 13 RBI, 13 G).

Rookie pitchers who made a mark included Zack Greinke (3-1, 3.69 ERA, 31.2 IP, 4 BB) of the Royals; Bobby Madritsch (1-1, 2.84 ERA, 38.0 IP, 29 H, 31 SO) of the Mariners; Toronto's David Bush (1-1, 3.94 ERA, 29.2 IP, 26 SO); and Neal Cotts (1-0, 2.30 ERA, 15.2 IP) of the White Sox.

Francisco will receive a specially designed trophy as August's American League Rookie of the Month.

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