White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu has been named American League player and rookie of the month for April, becoming the first AL player ever to receive both honors in his first month.
Abreu, 27, hit .270 with eight doubles, one triple, 10 home runs, 32 RBI, 20 runs scored and nine walks over 29 games in March/April. He led the major leagues in home runs, RBI, total bases (32) and extra-base hits (19), ranked fifth in slugging percentage (.617), tied for 7th in multi-hit games (11) and tied for 10th in runs scored (20).
Abreu set major-league rookie records in home runs, RBI, extra-base hits and total bases through April. His 32 RBI tied Joe DiMaggio (1936), Ted Williams (1939) and Albert Pujols (2001) for the third-highest RBI total in major-league history by a player in his first 29 career games. The 10 home runs tied Zeke Bonura (1934) for the franchise record in his first 29 contests.