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Mason and Longoria Win Awards

From Jim Tocco:

Montgomery Biscuits starting pitcher Chris Mason was named the Southern League's Most Outstanding Pitcher on Thursday.

The 23-year-old righthander leads the league with 15 wins and a 2.53 ERA and ranks fourth with 132 strikeouts.  The league's most consistent starter, Mason has not allowed more than three runs in any of his 13 second-half starts.

The Biscuits are 22-5 when he takes the ball, including a 12-1 record in the second half and a current streak of 10 consecutive wins with Mason on the hill.  The Biscuits have not lost in a Chris Mason start since June 30.  As for his decisions, Mason hs not gone more than two consecutive starts without earning a win this season.  His 15 wins have tied Andy Sonnanstine's 2006 total for the most in Biscuits history.  If he wins his final start of the season, his 16 wns would be the most in the Southern League since 1998.

Mason threw a three-hit shutout, the first of his career, on June 24 in Mississippi.  He also pitched there for the Southern League All-Star Game, in which he threw 1 1/3 hitless innings, striking out two.

The Southern League previously honored Mason with its Pitcher of the Week award twice this season.

Mason is the first Biscuit to win the Southern League's Most Outsanding Pitcher.   He also won a spot on the Southern League's postseason all-star team as the Righthanded Pitcher.  Although Sonnanstine won that honor last season, he lost the Most Outstanding Pitcher award to Jacksonville's Spike Lundberg.

The award was voted upon by the Southern League's field managers, radio broadcasters and print media.

This is long overdue but...

Oh and that Longoria guy, yeah he won MVP.