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Bonds, Clemens and Greene honored by NL for April

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Bonds, Clemens and Greene honored by NL for April

Postby WebHamster » Mon May 03, 2004 7:00 pm

New York, NY (Sports Network) - San Francisco outfielder Barry Bonds was named National League Player of the Month for April on Monday, while Houston starter Roger Clemens and San Diego shortstop Khalil Greene garnered pitcher and rookie honors, respectively, for their performances during the month.

Bonds, a six-time MVP led the majors in home runs with 10, average at .472 and walks with 39. He drove in 22 runs, scored 21 and reached base in each of his 23 games played.

Clemens, a six-time Cy Young Award winner, complied a Major League-best 5-0 record. The righthander allowed seven earned runs in 32 1/3 innings of work, compiling a 1.95 ERA. He struck out 32 batters, while scattering just 21 hits.

Clemens recorded the 315th win of his career on April 30 when he earned the victory in a 6-1 triumph over the Cincinnati Reds. The triumph moved him into 15th place, passing Gaylord Perry on the all-time wins list.

Greene hit .304 with 10 RBI, eight doubles, two triples and 11 runs scored. He compiled a .456 slugging and .368 on-base percentage.

Greene beat out Colorado's Matt Holliday, San Diego's Akinori Otsuka, Pittsburgh's Jose Castillo, Houston's Jason Lane, Kaz Matsui of the New York Mets, Chad Tracy of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Philadelphia's Ryan Madson for the rookie award.

Florida's Armando Benitez, New York's Tom Glavine and San Diego's Jake Peavy were also nominated for pitching honors.

Others considered for the Player of the Month Award included Houston's Richard Hidalgo, Moises Alou of the Cubs and Pittsburgh's Jack Wilson.
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