Grimm named AL Rookie of the Month

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Justin Grimm, who will start for the Rangers in less then four hours against the Chicago White Sox, has been named American League Rookie of the Month.

Grimm was 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA for three starts in April and had 15 strikeouts and four walks in 17 innings. Opponents batted .239 against him and were 1-for-19 with runners in scoring position.

Grimm enters Thursday's start coming off a win against Minnesota last Friday in which he went seven innings and allowed five hits and no walks.

The 24-year-old Georgia Bulldogs product beat out fellow rookie starter Nick Tepesch, who was 2-1 with a 2.53 ERA for April.

Grimm is the fourth Ranger to win the AL Rookie of the Month since it was started in 2003. He joins Gerald Laird, Neftali Feliz and Yu Darvish, who won the award last April.