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Ruiz Improves On His Junes

Carlos Ruiz broke a skein of three consecutive sub-.200 Junes.

Ruiz Improves On His Junes

( Steven M. Falk / Staff Photographer )
( Steven M. Falk / Staff Photographer ) Steven M. Falk

Even though he is hitless in his last 13 at-bats, Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz managed to to do something this past month that he hadn't done in June since 2007 ... hit over .200 ... although not by much.

His career batting average by month (April includes March; September includes October):

Year     

     April        May      June       July      Aug.      Sept.
2006 .143 .444 .360
2007 .288 .246 .311 .157 .286 .253
2008 .206 .254 .178 .224 .239 .208
2009 .273 .309 .174 .172 .305 .316
2010 .273 .323 .194 .327 .298 .342
2011 .226 .300 .221

Source: www.baseball-reference.com

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