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Bautista named July Player of the Month

Bautista named July Player of the Month

TORONTO -- Jose Bautista's jaw-dropping performance in July has earned the Blue Jays' right fielder the Honda Player of the Month Award, which is selected through voting by the Toronto chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

"We think Jose Bautista has obviously had a great year," general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. "He's a player that I think the world of. There is no question that, when you look at the way he's played for this organization, for this team, the things he's done in the clubhouse, he's an important part to it."

In July, Bautista hit .347 with 11 home runs and 29 RBIs. His 11 homers were the most in the Major Leagues for the month and his 19 extra-base hits were tied for the most in baseball. Bautista led the American League with a .765 slugging percentage as well.

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Bautista, who entered Sunday as the Major League leader with 31 home runs this season, is only the third player in club history to have two months (12 homers in May) with at least 10 home runs in one season. George Bell (1987) and Carlos Delgado (1997, 2001) also accomplished the feat for the Jays.

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