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A's first baseman Nate Freiman has been named the American League rookie of the month for May after batting .351 with a home run and nine RBI in 14 games.
The 6-foot-8 Freiman, who essentially platoons at first with Brandon Moss, was 13 for 37 with three doubles, three runs scored, three walks and nine strikeouts. He also was hit by a pitch and has an on-base percentage of .415, a slugging percentage of .514.
Freiman, who was chosen off waivers from Houston by the A's on March 23, had two hits -- including his first off a right-handed pitcher -- and three RBI against the Giants last week after entering the game as a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning.
"I'm thinking, I'm playing in front of 10 to 20 times the crowd I played in front of last year," Freiman, who was with the San Diego Padres' double-A affiliate in San Antonio in 2012, said after last Wednesday night's game. "We'd get 3,000 (fans) on dollar beer night.
"Yeah, this is fun. I'm jumping around like a little kid after hitting singles. This is fun."
Freiman, technically, is the second A's player in three months to win the player of the month award, since Yoenis Cespedes was feted last September.