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09/30/2003 12:53 PM ET
Reed Johnson named American League Pepsi Rookie of the Month for September

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Reed Johnson, who hit .364 with three home runs and 16 RBI, has been named the American League Pepsi Rookie of the Month for September.

In 24 games, Johnson went 32-for-88 with five doubles and 16 runs scored. On September 24, Johnson had a 20-game hitting streak snapped by Tampa Bay. It broke the franchise rookie record of 14 games previously held by Shawn Green (1995) and Alfredo Griffin (1979) and was the longest streak by a rookie this season. Johnson finished the season batting .294 with 10 home runs and 52 RBI in 114 games.

Other rookies who were nominated were Cleveland's Josh Bard (.400, 3 HR, 13 RBI) and Jody Gerut (.271, 4 HR, 11 RBI); Kansas City's Angel Berroa (2 HR, 12 RBI, 9 SB); Hideki Matsui (.281, 14 RBI) and Juan Rivera (.395, 5 HR, 12 RBI) of the Yankees; Minnesota's Mike Ryan (.388, 5 HR, 12 RBI) and Mark Teixeira (.287, 6 HR, 18 RBI) of the Rangers.

Rookie pitchers who excelled in September were Jason Kershner (3-0, 0.71 ERA) and Aquilino Lopez (0-0, 1.38 ERA) of the Blue Jays; Jose Contreras (3-0, 1.51 ERA) of the Yankees; Baltimore's Eric DuBose (2-1, 3.93 ERA); Anaheim's Kevin Gregg (2-0, 3.86 ERA); and Doug Waechter (2-2, 3.55 ERA) of the Devil Rays.

Johnson will receive a specially designed trophy as the American League Pepsi Rookie of the Month.




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