Floyd named pitcher of the month

Gavin Floyd's honoer as pitcher of the month in July was hardly in doubt. The right-hander went 3-1 with a microscopic 0.80 ERA over five starts. He gave up just three earned runs in 33 2/3 innings.

That ERA was the best of any major-league pictcher in the month. He actually got stronger as July went on, finishing with back-to-back scoreless outings. In his first three outings of the month, Floyd gave up just one earned run in each of them.

His only defeat in the month came July 16, when the White Sox defense struggled and three of Floyd's four runs allowed were unearned.

It is Floyd's first career monthly honor and the first by a White Sox pitcher since Jose Contreras was recognized in April of 2006.