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Indians' Ubaldo Jimenez named AL pitcher of the month

By Ron Ledgard Published: September 30, 2013

Ubaldo Jimenez of the Indians was named the American League player of the month for September.

Here is the team's release:

Starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez of the Wild Card-winning Cleveland Indians has been voted American League Pitcher of the 

Month for September. Jimenez compiled a perfect 4-0 record in six starts in September with a 1.09 ERA, seven walks and 51

strikeouts over 41.1 innings pitched to claim his third career monthly award, previously winning for April and May 2010 while he was

with the Colorado Rockies. He is the first Indians hurler to win Pitcher of the Month honors since Cliff Lee in August 2008.

Among A.L. leaders for September, Ubaldo finished first in innings pitched and strikeouts, was second in ERA, was tied for second in wins and was 

fourth in the league with 11.1 strikeouts per 9.0 innings pitched. Opponents managed just a .230 batting average against him.

In a September 3rd matchup against the Baltimore Orioles, the 29-year-old Jimenez scattered four hits over 6.0 shutout innings

with four strikeouts as the Tribe edged the O’s, 4-3, at Progressive Field. The victory snapped a personal two-game losing streak. In

his next start on September 9th, the eight-year veteran allowed one unearned run on seven hits in 7.0 innings pitched to lead the

Indians past the Kansas City Royals, 4-3, in Cleveland. Ubaldo struck out 10 batters for the third time in four outings, also striking out

10 in each of his starts on August 23rd (vs. Minnesota) and August 29th (at Atlanta). His next trip to the bump proved just as

commanding as the Dominican Republic native permitted one run on eight hits with one walk and eight strikeouts in a season-high 8.1

innings to help the Indians top the Chicago White Sox, 8-1, on September 14th at U.S. Cellular Field. Ubaldo’s third straight win

marked his longest outing since registering a complete-game effort on June 1, 2011 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Facing the

Houston Astros on September 19th, the 2010 National League All-Star allowed one run on six hits with nine strikeouts in a no-decision

as Cleveland prevailed, 2-1, at Progressive Field. Jimenez followed that outing with a 6.1-inning effort against the White Sox on

September 24th in which the right-hander allowed two runs on five hits with seven strikeouts and did not factor in the decision as

Cleveland triumphed, 5-4. On the season’s final day and with a Postseason berth on the line, Jimenez shut down the Minnesota Twins

offense over 6.2 innings, allowing just one run on five hits and registering a season-best 13 strikeouts as Cleveland won, 5-1, at Target

Field to ensure a spot in Wednesday’s A.L. Wild Card Game Presented by Budweiser.

Others receiving votes included Jimenez’s Indians teammate Bryan Shaw (5-0, 0.00 ERA, 13 G, 15.1 IP, 15 SO); Bartolo Colon (4-1, 

1.16 ERA, 31.0 IP, 33 SO) of the Oakland Athletics; Hisashi Iwakuma (2-0, 0.76 ERA, 35.2 IP, 28 SO) of the Seattle Mariners; Greg Holland

(0-0, 0.64 ERA, 10 SV, 18 SO) of the Kansas City Royals; and Alex Cobb (3-0, 2.57 ERA, 35.0 IP, 35 SO) of the Tampa Bay Rays.

The American League Pitcher of the Month, Ubaldo Jimenez, will receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, for his accomplishment. 


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