Originally written on Oriole Post  |  Last updated 5/3/13
Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles named the Budweiser Presents American League Player of the Month for April Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis has been voted the Budweiser Presents American League Player of the Month for April. Budweiser, the official beer sponsor of Major League Baseball and sponsor of 23 of 30 clubs, is also the presenting sponsor of the National League Player of the Month Award. Davis batted .348 (32-for-92) with eight doubles, nine home runs, 28 RBI, 19 runs scored and 16 walks in 27 games to claim his first career Player of the Month award and the first for the Orioles since Melvin Mora took home A.L. Player of the Month honors in August 2008. Davis also won A.L. Rookie of the Month while with the Texas Rangers in July 2008. Among league leaders in April with a minimum of 81 plate appearances, the 27-year-old finished first in slugging percentage (.728) and total bases (67), tied for first in homers and RBI, second in extra-base hits (17), fourth in batting average, fifth in on-base percentage (.442), sixth in walks and tied for seventh in runs. The Texas native came out swinging to begin the season, hitting safely in his first five games with three multi-hit performances over the stretch. On April 3rd, Davis notched a career-high-tying four hits, including a pair of doubles, a homer and four RBI in an 8-7 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg. In Baltimore's home opener against the Minnesota Twins two days later, Chris launched an eighth-inning grand slam to break a 5-5 tie as the Orioles closed out a 9-5 victory at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Through Baltimore's first four games of the season, Davis batted a combined 9-for-15 (.600) with three doubles, four homers and a Major League-record 16 RBI, eclipsing the old RBI mark of 12 (set three times). In addition, the left-handed-hitting slugger became just the fourth player in history to launch homers in a season's first four games, joining Willie Mays (1971), Mark McGwire (1998) and Nelson Cruz (2011). Davis' offensive exploits earned him A.L. Player of the Week honors for April 1st-7th, his second career weekly award after splitting the award with Detroit Tigers hurler Justin Verlander in the final week of the 2012 season. Additionally, he became the first Oriole to garner consecutive weekly nods since Eddie Murray in 1981. In the first game of a doubleheader against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 20th, the fifth round pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft (by Texas) went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs scored to lead the Orioles to a 7-5 triumph in Baltimore. The next night, the sixth-year veteran tallied three more hits, including a double, as the O's dropped the game to the visiting Dodgers, 7-4. In his last 13 games in April, Davis batted .356 (16-for-45) with four doubles, three homers and nine RBI. Others receiving votes included the reigning A.L. MVP Miguel Cabrera (.363, 6 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 28 RBI, 21 R, 13 BB) of the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians backstop Carlos Santana (.389, 9 2B, 5 HR, 13 RBI, 14 R, .722 SLG, .476 OBP). The Budweiser Presents American League Player of the Month, Chris Davis, will receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, for his accomplishment.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Troy Tulowitzki felt 'blindsided' by trade to Blue Jays

Drew Storen not happy about Jonathan Papelbon trade

Kraft apologizes for accepting team Deflategate penalty

RG3 reportedly showing improvement during offseason

Nick Saban addresses rumors of interest in Longhorns job

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Garoppolo back in spotlight after Brady suspension upheld

Tom Brady: I did nothing wrong, replaced a broken phone

49ers OC: Kaepernick didn’t regress as much as believed

John Calipari may coach Kentucky until he is 73

Eric Berry cleared to practice with Chiefs

WATCH: Pedro Martinez's number retired in ceremony

Cincinnati Bengals could look at signing WR Reggie Wayne

Brandon Marshall on marijuana tweets: ‘I was just kidding'

Key & Peele show SportsCenter if it was about teachers

Mets continue to act like a small-market team

What would a Cole Hamels trade look like?

Luther Campbell jabs FSU coach over decommitment

WATCH: Royals infielders combine for incredible play

Cowboys DE Jeremy Mincey to hold out of training camp

Terry Bollea's self-destruction: Hulkamania as social construct

Lou Holtz: ND has 'legitimate chance' to make playoff

Golfer Billy Hurley III asks for help finding missing father

Dismissed Clemson DE tweets he hates cops after arrest

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Mets still act like a small-market team

Tom Brady: I did nothing wrong

NFL upholds Tom Brady's suspension, legal battle likely

Cardinals hire first female NFL coach

Larry Bird: Michael Jordan would kill me in 1-on-1 now

Seau family: HOF broke their word

Kobe to see time at power forward next year

Mike Pettine not ruling out Manziel

Galette appears to unload on Payton

Dez Bryant in 'financial distress' before signing new deal

Top 10 CFB coaches on the hot seat

Was Popovich close to retiring last year?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker