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B.J. Upton of the Tampa Bay Rays named the American League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America06/22/2009 2:42 PM ET
Tampa Bay Rays center fielder B.J. Upton has been named the American League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America for the period ending June 21st. 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, Upton hit .429 (12-28) with three doubles, two home runs and an A.L.-best nine RBI. The 24-year-old posted a .750 slugging percentage along with a .448 on-base percentage. The second overall pick in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft collected two stolen bases last week, bringing his season total to 26, which ranks third in the Majors behind teammate Carl Crawford (36) and Boston's Jacoby Ellsbury (29). On June 16th, B.J. contributed to the Rays' new club record of 12 extra-base hits in a single game by notching a double and a two-run homer. On Sunday, Upton went 4-for-6 with a career-high four RBI en route to a 10-6 win over the New York Mets at Citi Field, finishing a triple shy of the cycle for the second time in six games. This marks B.J.'s second career weekly award (previous: 7/23/07).
Other noteworthy performances for the week included Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera, who led the A.L. with nine runs scored, and Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler, who hit an A.L.-best three home runs. Also considered was Seattle Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez, who went 1-0 with 14 strikeouts in 16.1 innings pitched while posting his third career shutout. Other nominees were Minnesota Twins outfielder Michael Cuddyer, who registered four multi-hit games, and Boston Red Sox ace Josh Beckett, who notched seven strikeouts in his five-hit shutout. B.J.'s younger brother, Justin Upton of the Arizona Diamondbacks, also received consideration for this week's N.L. Player of the Week presented by Bank of America.
Tourneau, the world's largest watch store, will supply B.J. Upton 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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