Duncan Named NL Rookie of the Month

The National League Rookie of the Month Award for August comes just days after, Duncan was named along with Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter, as co-winners of the Bank of America Presents the National League Player of the Week for August 14-20, 2006.

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Chris Duncan, who led all N.L. rookies with nine home runs, has been voted National League Rookie of the Month for August.

Chris led all N.L. rookies with a .747 slugging percentage. He hit .361 (30-83) with 20 runs, five doubles, 14 RBI and a .438 on-base percentage over 25 games played for the N.L. Central-leading Cardinals.

The 6'5" left-handed hitter put together a career-high nine-game hitting streak, spanning August 12-22. The son of Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan batted .531 and added four home runs over that time.

Other rookies receiving votes included the Dodgers' Chad Billingsley (3-0, 1.50 ERA, 25 SO) and Takashi Saito (2-0, 0.63 ERA, 7 SV); the Phillies' Cole Hamels (4-2, 2.43 ERA, 37 SO); the Marlins' Hanley Ramirez (.327, 3 HR, 11 RBI); the Diamondbacks' Stephen Drew (.345, 2 HR, 14 RBI); the Padres' Cla Meredith (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 11 SO); and the Giants' Matt Cain (3-2, 2.65 ERA, 47 SO). Chris Duncan will receive a specially designed award for being voted National League Rookie of the Month for August.

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