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Chris Archer Receives Honors

After dominating the competition going 4-0 with an 0.73 ERA (3ER/37IP) 22 strike outs 7 walks and holding  the opposition to a .140 batting average  the Tampa Bay Rays Chris Archer [1] was named the AL Rookie of the Month and Pitcher of the Month for July.

[2]According to the Press Release from Major League Baseball it is only the sixth time since the Rookie of the Month Award was introduced in 2001 that a Player or Pitcher of the Month Award winner has garnered Rookie honors in the same calendar month.  Archer joins Dontrelle Willis [3] (FLA, June 2003), Ryan Braun [4] (MIL, July 2007), Jeremy Hellickson [5] (TB, May 2011), Mike Trout [6] (LAA, July 2012) and Yasiel Puig [7] (LAD, July 2013) as the only players to accomplish the feat.

His month included two complete game shutouts. The first came against the Houston Astros in a 5-0 Rays victory on July 14th and then he became the first Rays pitcher in franchise history to throw a complete game shut out against the New York Yankees in a Rays 1-0 victory on July 27th. It was the Rays 268th game against the Yankees.

He was not a unanimous winner for either award as teammate David Price [8] (5-1, 1.68 ERA) received votes for Pitcher of the Month and Wil Myers [9], after hitting .352 with 4 HR and 18, received votes for Rookie of the Month.

For winning the award Archer will receive two specially designed trophies suitably engraved with the accomplishment.