BOSTON -- The leader in two of the three legs of the American League triple crown and a true force in the middle of the Red Sox lineup, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez on Tuesday was named the Budweiser Presents American League Player of the Month for June.
"It's great. Hopefully I can continue playing well and just help the team win so we can get back to first place," Gonzalez said before the Red Sox took on the Blue Jays at Fenway Park Tuesday. "You're going to have ups and downs, and I haven't been swinging the bat great lately, but still getting my hits here and there and driving in runs and just trying my best to help the team win."
Named a starter for the AL in the All-Star Game on July 12 just two days before his monthly award was announced, Gonzalez paced the Majors with a .404 average (40-for-99) in the month, hitting eight doubles, two triples and six home runs while driving in 25 runs. He had 13 multi-hit games in June, and he finished a triple shy of the cycle on June 17, when he went 3-for-5 at Fenway Park in a 10-4 win over the Brewers.
Heading into play Tuesday, Gonzalez led the AL with a .348 batting average and 120 hits, and led the Majors with 28 doubles, 75 RBI and 202 total bases.
For all the damage Gonzalez did at the plate in June, the month brought a peculiarity with it, too. Gonzalez started in right field in Philadelphia on June 29, a move the Sox made to keep designated hitter David Ortiz in the lineup during Interleague Play. Gonzalez hadn't made an appearance at the position since late in 2005 with the Rangers.