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Rafael Devers, Josh Bell named Players of the Month of May

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Major League Baseball announced on Monday that Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers and Pirates first baseman Josh Bell have been named Players of the Month in their respective leagues for the month of May.

Devers, 22, batted .351/.380/.640 with eight home runs and 24 RBI in 121 plate appearances last month. The Red Sox went 16-10, keeping pace in the AL East after a slow start to the season.

Bell, 26, hit .390/.442/.797 with 12 home runs and 31 RBI in 129 trips to the plate. Though no fault of his own, the Pirates only went 15-14 in May but maintain very much in the thick of things in the NL Central.

Other award winners for the month of May…

Pitchers of the Month

  • AL: Lucas Giolito, White Sox (5-0, 1.74 ERA, 46/10 K/BB in 41 1/3 IP)
  • NL: Hyun-Jin Ryu, Dodgers (5-0, 0.59 ERA, 36/3 K/BB in 45 2/3 IP)

Rookies of the Month

  • AL: IF Michael Chavis, Red Sox (.248/.331/.457, 7 HR, 19 RBI in 118 PA)
  • NL: OF Austin Riley, Braves (.356/.397/.746, 7 HR, 20 RBI in 63 PA)

Relievers of the Month

  • AL: Aroldis Chapman, Yankees (11 SV, 0.79 ERA, 18/3 K/BB in 11 1/3 IP)
  • NL: Josh Hader, Brewers (6 SV, 0.71 ERA, 21/4 K/BB in 12 2/3 IP)

Fitting for MLB that two of its most controversial players — to say the least — were award winners.

Giants place Samardjiza on IL due to shoulder impingement

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LOS ANGELES — Jeff Samardjiza has been placed on the 10-day injured list by the San Francisco Giants due to right shoulder impingement.

Manager Gabe Kapler said before Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers that the right-hander told trainers and the coaching staff that he felt like wasn’t able to get the arm loose during Friday’s game. Samardjiza is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Saturday.

Samardjiza went four-plus innings and allowed six runs on seven hits in a 7-2 loss to the Dodgers. He is 0-2 with a 9.88 ERA in three starts.

The Giants have recalled left-hander Andrew Suarez from their alternate training site, but Kapler said he hasn’t finalized a revised starting rotation.