CHICAGO - APRIL 29: Kelly Johnson #2 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a three-run home run during a seven run 7th inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on April 29, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Diamondbacks defeated the Cubs 13-5. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
The Pitcher and Player of the Month awards are out and are generating little controversy. All four players selected distinguished themselves from the rest in the first month of the season, and are on pace for a big season.
In the American League, Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano took the honor, posting a lead leaguing .400 average and 8 home runs. Twins pitcher Francisco Liriano took the pitchers award after posting a 3-0 record with a 0.93 ERA in four starts.
In the National League, Diamondbacks second baseman Kelly Johnson takes the award after posting monster numbers in his first month with the Dbacks. Johnson is hitting .310 with 9 home runs in 23 games this season with a .404 on-base percentage.
The NL West also received the pitcher of the month honors, with Rockies pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez taking the award. Jimenez's first month included a no-hitter, but he ended the month with a 0.79 ERA and 5-0 record. Not bad.