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Ramirez named NL Player of the Month

Ramirez named NL Player of the Month

MIAMI -- Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez has been named the Sharp Presents National League Player of the Month for June.

Ramirez, who leads all NL shortstops in votes for the All-Star Game, hit .298 (34-114), with six doubles, a triple, 10 home runs, 13 RBIs and 27 runs scored in June. Ramirez, who added 13 walks and was 7-for-7 in stolen base attempts, led the NL in home runs, runs scored and total bases (72) over the month.

"He's our guy," Marlins outfielder Cody Ross said. "Nothing he does surprises us anymore. He's just amazing."

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The 24-year-old recorded multi-home run games on June 4 at Atlanta and June 8 vs. Cincinnati. On June 29 vs. Arizona and June 30 vs. Washington, Ramirez hit consecutive game-tying home runs in the ninth inning with the Marlins going on to win both games. The last player to hit game-tying homers in the ninth inning on back-to-back days was Gary Gaetti of the Twins on May 17-18, 1989.

"He's a very important part of our ballclub, especially when trying to keep up with the teams in our division," veteran Luis Gonzalez said. "That's when those type of players like [Ramirez] step up".

Ramirez, in his third year of Major League service, put together a nine-game hitting streak from June 3-11, during which he hit .382 (13-34) with six home runs and nine RBIs. Entering the final week of fan voting for the 79th All-Star Game, Ramirez led NL shortstops with 1,483,875 votes. Ramirez is the first Marlin since Jeff Conine in 1995 to win monthly honors.

"[Ramirez] has been doing it for the past two years so it shouldn't surprise anybody," Marlins hitting coach Jim Presley said.

Other players receiving votes were Marlins third baseman Jorge Cantu (.287, six homers, 21 RBIs); Mark Teixeira (.287, nine homers, 23 RBIs) of the Atlanta Braves; Brad Hawpe (.316, eight homers, 17 RBIs) of the Colorado Rockies; Carlos Beltran (.286, seven homers, 22 RBIs) of the New York Mets; James Loney (.362, eight doubles, 10 RBIs) of the Los Angeles Dodgers; Lance Berkman (.319, five homers, 21 RBIs) of the Houston Astros; Jim Edmonds (.319, six homers, 19 RBIs) of the Chicago Cubs; and Cristian Guzman (.331, six doubles, seven RBIs) of the Washington Nationals.

Ramirez has stayed hot in July. He set a career high with five RBIs on July 1, and hit a double and scored on July 2. He has hit safely in 14 of his last 15 games.

Faran Fagen is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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