Jake Peavy, Khalil Greene honored with awards

San Diego, CA - San Diego Padres right-handed pitcher Jake Peavy, a native of Mobile and former member of the Mobile BayBears, was named today National League Pitcher of the Month for August after going 4-0 with a 2.03 ERA (7 ER/31.0 IP) in five starts. <br><br>San Diego Padres shortstop Khalil Greene was named National League Rookie of the Month for August after batting .311 (32-for-103) with four homers and eight RBI in 27 games.

This marks the first time that Jake Peavy has been honored as such and he becomes the first Padres hurler to be named NL Pitcher of the Month since Mark Davis in April of 1989 and the first Padres starter since Andy Hawkins in May of 1985.

Peavy, 23, is currently 11-3 with a 2.25 ERA (30 ER/120.0 IP) in 20 starts for the Padres. Peavy has allowed two runs or fewer in 18 of his 20 starts this season, and in his last start, August 28 at Montreal, became the first Padres pitcher since Kevin Brown in 1998 to win six or more consecutive decisions. Earlier this season he became the first pitcher since 1992 (Bob Tewksbury) to allow two earned runs or fewer in each of his first 10 starts of the season.

Peavy, who is scheduled to start tonight against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium, boasts a 2.25 ERA that would currently lead the Majors, but the right-hander is 12.0 innings short of qualifying among league leaders (1.0 inning pitched per team game). Dating back to July 7, the Padres have been victorious each of Peavy's last nine starts.

Peavy spent parts of the 2001 and 2002 seasons with the BayBears and is the only pitcher in BayBears history to post 10 or more strikeouts in three consecutive starts. Peavy also made one start earlier this season with the BayBears as he battled back from an arm injury.

Over parts of three Major League seasons, Peavy is 29-21 with a 3.67 ERA (168 ER/412.1 IP) in 69 career starts. The Padres 2000 co-Minor League Pitcher of the Year was originally drafted by San Diego in the 15th round of the 1999 First-Year Player Draft.

This marks the second time that Khalil Greene has earned the distinction after also being named the NL Rookie of the Month for April.

Greene, 24, is currently batting .274 (121-for-442) with 11 home runs, 54 RBI and 59 runs scored in his first full season in the Major Leagues. He ranks among National League rookie leaders in 13 different offensive categories including batting average (eighth), home runs (fourth), RBI (second), multi-hit games (34; third), runs (third), hits (121; second), total bases (188; first), doubles (26; second), triples (four; first), walks (48; first), on-base percentage (.351; tied for second), slugging percentage (.425; seventh) and extra base hits (41; tied for first).

Last Tuesday night, August 31, Greene set a new franchise record for most extra base hits by a shortstop with his 41st of the season, a double. He surpassed Tony Fernandez who tallied 40 extra base hits in 1992. He homered two days prior, on August 29 at Montreal, to tie a franchise record for most home runs by a shortstop with his 11th round-tripper.

In 2003, Greene opened the season with the BayBears, was promoted to Triple-A Portland and was a late season call-up to the Major Leagues. In 135 minor league games last season, he batted .282 with 13 home runs, 35 doubles and 67 RBI. After making his Major League debut as a pinch-hitter on September 3, 2003 and subsequently becoming the first position player from the 2002 First-Year Player Draft to appear in the Majors, he batted .215 with two home runs and six RBI in 20 games with the Padres.

Over parts of two minor league seasons with Single-A Eugene (2002), Single-A Lake Elsinore (2002), Mobile (2003) and Portland (2003), Greene batted .290 (223-for-768) with 22 home runs and 105 RBI in 191 games. He was originally drafted by the Padres with the 13th overall pick in the first round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft after earning every major college baseball player of the year award following his senior season at Clemson University.

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