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Roy Halladay of the Toronto Blue Jays named the American League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America
05/18/2009 2:49 PM ET

Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Roy Halladay has been named the American League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America for the period ending May 17th. Bank of America is the Official Bank of Major League Baseball and the only place where you can get your favorite Club logo on checks, check cards or credit cards. For more information on MLB® banking, visit

In his two starts last week, Halladay went 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA over 16.0 innings pitched for the first-place Jays, owners of the American League's best record at 26-14 (.650) entering play today. On May 12th, the 2003 A.L. Cy Young Award winner pitched his first complete game of the season, limiting the New York Yankees to only one run while recording five strikeouts and issuing no walks. Halladay, who turned 32 on Thursday, notched his eighth win of the season on Sunday vs. the Chicago White Sox, fanning eight and allowing only one earned run through seven innings. On the season, Halladay is 8-1 with a 2.78 ERA and 57 strikeouts. The two wins last week put the five-time A.L. All-Star in sole possession of the Major League lead and his 16.0 innings pitched brought his season total to a Major League-high 68.0. This marks Roy's third career weekly award (previous: 9/7/03 and 5/15/06).

Other noteworthy performances for the week included Cleveland Indians teammates Shin-Soo Choo, who led the American League with nine RBI, and Victor Martinez, who led the A.L. with nine runs scored and 14 hits. Also considered was Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau, who led the A.L. with 20 total bases and four home runs. Other nominees were Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Jason Bartlett, who collected four stolen bases, and Detroit Tigers outfielder Miguel Cabrera, who collected five extra-base hits and eight RBI.

Tourneau, the world's largest watch store, will supply Roy Halladay with a luxury Swiss Tourneau timepiece, suitably engraved, in recognition of his achievement as the A.L. Player of the Week presented by Bank of America.

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