Howard wins NL Player of the Month

Howard wins NL Player of the Month

Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has been selected as the Sharp Presents the National League Player of the Month for August. It is Howard's fourth career monthly award.

Howard batted .299 (32-for-107) with six doubles, one triple and 18 runs scored. He led the NL with 11 home runs and tied for the Major League lead with American League Player of Month Kendry Morales of the Angels at 33 RBIs for August.

Entering Thursday night's game against the Giants in Philadelphia, the 2006 NL Most Valuable Player has 214 career home runs, four shy of gaining sole possession of sixth place on the club's all-time list.

Overall, Howard is hitting .275 with 37 home runs, ranking him fourth in the Majors, and has already achieved a career-high 31 doubles and five stolen bases.

Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.