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Lindor, Gennett power way to top May honors

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A pair of middle infielders turned conventional wisdom on its head with eye-popping power in recent weeks, and they were justly rewarded Saturday. Major League Baseball announced Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor as the American League Player of the Month for May, while Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett took home NL honors.

Lindor, one of baseball's brightest young stars, exploded last month as he helped shake the Indians out of an early-season malaise. Lindor led all players with 44 hits and 27 runs scored in May, while his .373 average ranked third and his 1.169 OPS placed fourth among all players with at least 100 plate appearances. This marks Lindor's first Player of the Month award, after he previously captured AL Rookie of the Month honors in September 2015. Lindor incredibly posted two separate games with a pair of homers and a pair of doubles last month, first on May 12 against the Royals and then again on May 31 against the Twins.

A pair of middle infielders turned conventional wisdom on its head with eye-popping power in recent weeks, and they were justly rewarded Saturday. Major League Baseball announced Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor as the American League Player of the Month for May, while Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett took home NL honors.

Lindor, one of baseball's brightest young stars, exploded last month as he helped shake the Indians out of an early-season malaise. Lindor led all players with 44 hits and 27 runs scored in May, while his .373 average ranked third and his 1.169 OPS placed fourth among all players with at least 100 plate appearances. This marks Lindor's first Player of the Month award, after he previously captured AL Rookie of the Month honors in September 2015. Lindor incredibly posted two separate games with a pair of homers and a pair of doubles last month, first on May 12 against the Royals and then again on May 31 against the Twins.

Video: Must C Combo: Lindor's 2-HR, 2-double game

Meanwhile, Gennett's stunning transformation into a consistent slugger continued in full last month. The second baseman entered Saturday pacing the Senior Circuit with a .341 average, thanks in large part to his .398 mark in May -- second only to Brandon Crawford among all players who stepped up to the plate at least 75 times.

Video: Scooter Gennett wins May NL Player of the Month

Gennett also crushed eight homers, drove in 24 and paced the NL with a .720 slugging percentage and 1.139 OPS en route to his first Player of the Month award. He homered in four straight games from May 7-11 while helping the Reds to a weekend sweep of the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB.

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