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Eric Chavez of the Oakland A's wins Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week Award
06/06/2005 4:29 PM ET
Oakland Athletics third baseman Eric Chavez, who helped spark his club to a 6-1 record last week, has been named Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week for the period ending June 5th. Bank of America, the official bank of Major League Baseball, is the presenting sponsor of the American League and National League Player of the Week Awards, which reflect the bank's long-standing tradition of promoting and recognizing higher standards of accomplishment.

In seven games last week, Chavez batted .357 (10-28) with three home runs, nine RBI, seven runs scored and a .419 on-base percentage. He also collected 21 total bases while finishing the week with a five-game hitting streak. On Thursday against Toronto, Chavez connected for the fifth grand slam of his career, propelling Oakland to their fourth straight win. He also went deep in Oakland's wins over Toronto on both Saturday and Sunday. This is the second career A.L. weekly award for Chavez, his last win coming on August 25, 2002. It marks the 60th time an Oakland Athletic has captured the weekly honor since the award's inception in 1974.

Other candidates considered were Chavez's Oakland teammate, Nick Swisher (.385, 9 RBI); Chicago's Aaron Rowand (.476, 1 HR, 9 RBI); Minnesota's Torii Hunter (.480, 1 HR, 8 RBI); Cleveland's Coco Crisp (.313, 3 HR, 7 RBI); and Baltimore's Melvin Mora (.320, 1 HR, 9 RBI) and B.J. Surhoff (.440, 3 2B, 4 RBI).

Pitchers on the ballot included Oakland's Danny Haren (2-0, 1.69 ERA, 9 SO) and Kenny Rogers (2-0, 1.29, 9 SO) of the Texas Rangers.

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