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Lyle Overbay of the Toronto Blue Jays named the American League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America06/08/2009 3:24 PM ET
First baseman Lyle Overbay of the Toronto Blue Jays has been named the American League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America for the period ending June 7th. 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 bankofamerica.com/MLB.
In six games last week, Overbay hit a Major League-best .533 (8-15) with two home runs, eight RBI and 18 total bases. Lyle also led the Majors with a 1.200 slugging percentage and a .632 on-base percentage. On June 5th, the first baseman snapped Kansas City Royals ace Zack Greinke's streak of 111 consecutive innings without allowing a home run with a solo shot in the second inning. On Sunday, the 18th round selection in the 1999 First-Year Player Draft hit a homer to extend his current hitting streak to a season-high 13 games en route to defeating the Royals at Rogers Centre. The 32-year-old is hitting .302 (42-139) this season, leading the Jays with a .583 slugging percentage and a .404 on-base percentage. This marks Lyle's third career weekly award (previous: 5/9/04, 7/5/06).
Other noteworthy performances for the week included Overbay's teammates Adam Lind, who led the American League in hits and doubles, and Roy Halladay, who went 2-0 with two complete games, a shutout and 20 strikeouts. Other nominees included Oakland Athletics outfielder Matt Holliday, who collected an A.L.-best seven runs and nine RBI, and his teammate, A's rookie right-hander Vin Mazzaro, who currently has a 13.2-inning scoreless streak, which is the longest by a starting pitcher in Oakland history to start a career.
Tourneau, the world's largest watch store, will supply Lyle Overbay 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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