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Boesch is AL Rookie of the Month for June

Boesch is AL Rookie of the Month for June

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DETROIT -- Another month, another rookie award for the Tigers. This time, it goes again to slugging outfielder Brennan Boesch, who won American League Rookie of the Month honors for June.

It's the second straight AL Rookie of the Month Award for Boesch, and the third in as many months this season for the Tigers. Center fielder and leadoff man Austin Jackson won the award in April. For the significance of this, consider that until this year, only two Tigers -- Justin Verlander and Rick Porcello -- had won the monthly award since it began in 2001.

The Tigers are the first team to take three straight since 2007, when Kansas City's Brian Bannister and Billy Butler alternated winning the award from June through August.

Boesch actually had stronger numbers in June than when he won the award in May. For June, the 25-year-old batted .337 with eight home runs, four doubles, a triple and 23 RBIs. Add in 10 walks, and he posted a 1.025 OPS.

That would have earned him consideration for AL Player of the Month honors, but it was definitely enough to take the rookie recognition again. The only other AL rookie to get a vote was Indians catcher Carlos Santana.

Boesch is off to a pretty good start on July honors as well. He entered Tuesday batting 7-for-13 so far in July, and his four-walk game on Monday against the Orioles was the first by a Tigers rookie since Steve Boros in 1961.

-- Jason Beck

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