A's Gray named AL Pitcher of the Month

A's Gray named AL Pitcher of the Month
August 4, 2014, 2:45 pm
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Sonny Gray had perfect 5-0 record in the month of July with just a 1.03 ERA, joining a club that includes former Cy Young winner Barry Zito. (USATSI)

Sonny Gray won American League Pitcher of the Month honors for the second time this season, the first A's pitcher to take the award twice in a season since Barry Zito in 2001.

Gray went 5-0 with a 1.03 ERA in five starts for the month of July.

"It's cool," he said with a smile. "I'd like to win a couple more."

Gray went through a bout of inconsistency in June but bounced back strong. Time spent between starts working with pitching coach Curt Young to regain the feel for his curve has paid off.

But Gray pointed to another adjustment too.

"I'm throwing my changeup a lot more," he said. 

The 24-year-old became the third Oakland pitcher over the last nine years to win five games in any month (also Bartolo Colon in June 2013 and Gio Gonzalez in September 2011).

His 1.03 ERA was the third-lowest in all of Baseball in July (minimum 27.0 innings pitched), being bested only by 2014 All-Stars Chris Sale (0.85) of the Chicago White Sox and new teammate Jon Lester (0.93), formerly of the Boston Red Sox. 

Major League Baseball Media Services contributed to this story