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07/02/2003  3:55 PM ET 
Cardinals' Albert Pujols named NL Pepsi Player of the Month of June

Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals won his second consecutive National League Pepsi Player of the Month Award after hitting a Major League-leading .429 with eight home runs and 29 RBI in June.

Pujols was 51-for-119 with 11 doubles and 28 runs scored in 27 games. He compiled a slugging percentage of .723 and on-base percentage of .481. He also led the NL in runs, hits and tied for first in RBI and on-base percentage. Pujols becomes the first National League player to win the award in back-to-back months since Mark McGwire won three consecutive months as a member of the Cardinals in September 1997, April and May 1998.

Other candidates for the award included: Pujols' teammate Jim Edmonds, who led the Majors with 14 home runs last month, while batting .344 with 29 RBI; Atlanta's Javy Lopez (.348, 10 HR, 21 RBI); San Diego's Mark Loretta (.356, 3 HR, 15 RBI), and Arizonas Luis Gonzalez (.384, 6 HR, 27 RBI).

Pujols will receive a specially designed trophy for being named the Pepsi Player of the Month.

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