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Dom Brown wins NL Player of the Month

In the last six days, Domonic Brown has won two NL Player of the Week awards and one NL Player of the Month award. He's also hit .444 with 7 home runs since Memorial Day.

Dom Brown wins NL Player of the Month

Left fielder Domonic Brown connects on his solo home run in the fourth inning. (Elizabeth Robertson/Staff Photographer)
Left fielder Domonic Brown connects on his solo home run in the fourth inning. (Elizabeth Robertson/Staff Photographer)

While the text messages and Instagram comments and facebook adds are piling up, Domonic Brown is doing his best to avoid the hoopla his bat has created in the last two weeks.

It's been relatively easy, Brown said, because he doesn't watch TV.

"I don’t even have cable in the house, so I don’t watch ESPN or anything," Brown said. 

A reporter than responded as if Brown said he didn't have electricity: "You don't have cable?!?!? Why not??!?!"

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"To stay away from you guys," Brown said while laughing. "I’m just trying to focus in on what I have got to do. I watch a lot of movies. That’s really about it."

Domonic Brown watches movies in the morning and hits baseballs over the fence at night. In the afternoon, he wins awards.

For the second time in six days, Brown was recognized by the National League for his prowess at the plate.

Brown was named the NL Player of the Week for the second consecutive week. He was also named the NL Player of the Month for May; Brown is the first Phillies player to win Player of the Month honors since Ryan Howard did so in August of 2009.

Brown has hit .372 with 8 home runs in his last 11 games. In 28 games in May, Brown hit .303 with a .991 OPS, 12 home runs and 25 RBI.

"It’s a huge accomplishment," Brown said. "I’m very proud and pleased. But I’m still focusing on doing what I have to do, and that’s improve and win ballgames."

So Brown called his parents. He spoke to the media. And then he went on with his day, hitting the indoor cage in an attempt to keep his bat going.

Brown's bat began to heat up in the last week of May and has remained potent into June. In his last 36 games (since April 24), Brown is batting .317 (44-for-139) with 14 home runs and 34 RBI. He has a 1.019 OPS in that span.

Even if he can't sustain his current pace, has he shown enough for his manager to think he can stay productive over the course of the four months than remain in the 2013 season?

"There's no reason he can't be the hitter he is," Charlie Manuel said. "The talent he has, the way he works the count, he's got the power. ... He may have an 0-for-10 or 0-for-15 (at some point). But it shouldn’t last long because he’s learned a lot about himself and his swing and everything."

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Michael Young returned to the Phillies on Monday. 

Young was placed on the bereavement list on Wednesday. He told reporters on Monday it was because his 9-month-old son, Antonio, became ill and had to be rushed to the hospital last Tuesday in Texas.

Young said his son was at home with the rest of his family on Monday.

To make room for Young on the active roster, the Phils optioned infielder Michael Martinez to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. With Cesar Hernandez still on the roster, Manuel said he planned to use both Hernandez and Freddy Galvis at second base while Chase Utley is out.

Young, who hasn't played since Tuesday, took extra infield work on Monday afternoon. He is out of the lineup tonight and expected to return to regular action on Tuesday.

PHILLIES

1. Ben Revere, CF

2. Cesar Hernandez, 2B

3. Jimmy Rollins, SS

4. Ryan Howard, 1B

5. Domonic Brown, LF

6. Delmon Young, RF

7. Eric Kratz, C

8. Freddy Galvis, 3B

9. Kyle Kendrick, P

Ryan Lawrence Daily News Staff Writer
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