Left-hander, shortstop named pitcher, rookie of month
By Tony Kuttner / Special to MLB.com
Bobby Crosby tallied 12 doubles and 12 RBIs in June. (Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Oakland A's went 2-for-3 for June in the monthly awards Major League Baseball gives out to the top players in each league.
Mark Mulder was named the American League Pitcher of the Month and shortstop Bobby Crosby won AL Rookie of the Month as determined by a vote of writers and broadcasters.
Both players didn't find out about the honors until told by a reporter after Saturday's 6-2 win over the San Francisco Giants.
"Really? Cool," Crosby said, and he was echoed almost verbatim moments later by Mulder.
"That's nice a honor to have," Crosby said. "The first two months I definitely didn't deserve the Rookie of the Month, but I'm starting to pick up now."
This is Mulder's third Pitcher of the Month award; he also won in July 2001 and June 2002. Perhaps that experience helps explain why he was able to fake indignation at the hardware handed out for the honor, a nice etched glass trophy.
"You'd think you get a car," Mulder said. "You get June Pitcher of the Month and you think you'd get a watch and a car."
Mark Mulder / P
Weight: 210 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: L
Mulder, who is 10-2 with a 2.90 ERA and a league-leading four complete games, won four of his six starts in June and took a no-decision in the other two.
The left-hander went at least seven innings in each of his June outings, the best of which was a complete-game, four-hit 2-1 win at Anaheim.
Crosby, 24, played June as if he felt no pressure from having to replace MVP shortstop Miguel Tejada, who left Oakland after last season.
In 27 games last month, the 24-year-old hit .337 (34-101) with three homers, a dozen RBIs and 18 runs scored. He compiled an on-base percentage of .402 and a slugging percentage of .545.
Crosby's 12 doubles for June were the second-most in the league and tied for the second-best single-month doubles total in Oakland history.
For the year, Crosby is hitting .272 with 11 HRs and 33 RBIs.
The A's weren't too far off from making a clean sweep of the June awards. Detroit's Ivan Rodriguez clearly earned his Player of the Month honors after hitting over .500 for June, but Oakland first baseman Scott Hatteberg was among the nominees after tearing through June with a .333 average that included five homers and 27 RBIs.
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