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Bautista is AL Player of the Month for May

Bautista is AL Player of the Month for May

Bautista is AL Player of the Month for May
After yet another stellar stretch, outfielder Jose Bautista was named the American League Player of the Month for May, the second consecutive month he has been so honored, Major League Baseball announced on Thursday.

Bautista hit .360 with four doubles, 11 home runs and 23 RBIs in 23 games for Toronto, which sits four games behind first-place New York in the AL East standings as of Thursday afternoon.

The slugger, who missed five games because of neck spasms, still led the AL in homers for the fifth straight month dating back to July 2010. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he's the first Major Leaguer to do so since Jimmie Foxx accomplished the feat from June 1933 to April 1934.

Bautista leads all of baseball with 20 long balls this season, and he is batting .360, with 40 RBIs.

He also led the Majors in slugging percentage (.791) and on-base percentage (.476) in May, reaching base in 21 of 23 games.

This marks the second time in Bautista's career he's received the award in consecutive months. He was honored in July 2010 (along with Minnesota's Delmon Young) and August 2010.

Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak.‬ This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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