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McGwire, Hershiser Win NL Awards

June 3, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals won his third consecutive NL Player of the Month award Wednesday.

McGwire, who has spent only four months in the National League, hit 16 home runs and had 32 RBIs in May, giving him a league-leading 27 homers and 68 RBIs on the season. McGwire batted .326 with a .907 slugging percentage and .513 on-base percentage.

Orel Hershiser of the San Francisco Giants, who went 5-0 with an 0.86 ERA in May, won the Pitcher of the Month award. Hershiser struck out 27 batters, while allowing 19 hits and 15 walks in 42 innings.

Mark Grace of the Chicago Cubs and Greg Vaughn of the San Diego Padres also received consideration for the player award. Kerry Wood of the Cubs, Greg Maddux of the Atlanta Braves and Rick Reed of the New York Mets were considered for the top pitcher.

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