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Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox named the American League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America07/27/2009 3:27 PM ET
Chicago White Sox left-hander Mark Buehrle, who threw the 16th perfect game in modern Major League history in a 5-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays at U.S. Cellular Field on Thursday, has been named the American League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America for the period ending July 26th. 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.
The 30-year-old Buehrle recorded six strikeouts in becoming the first pitcher ever to throw a perfect game against a defending League champion. Buehrle's gem required just two hours and three minutes overall. The four-time A.L. All-Star recorded baseball's first perfect game since Randy Johnson accomplished the feat with the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 18, 2004 at Atlanta, and the first in the A.L. since David Cone of the New York Yankees did so on July 18, 1999 vs. Montreal. Mark is now the 24th pitcher in history to throw multiple no-hitters, and only the sixth with a perfect game to his credit, joining Johnson and Hall of Famers Jim Bunning, Addie Joss, Sandy Koufax and Cy Young. The Missouri native achieved the 17th no-hitter and only the second perfect game in White Sox history, joining Charles Roberston (4/30/22). This marks Mark's second career weekly award (previous: 4/23/2007).
Other noteworthy performances for the week included Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau, who notched a Major League-best five home runs and 11 RBI, and Cleveland Indians ace Cliff Lee, who went 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA, a complete game and eight strikeouts. Also considered were Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim shortstop Erick Aybar, who posted an A.L.-best 14 hits, and Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Aaron Hill, who hit .346 with four home runs.
Tourneau, the world's largest watch store, will supply Mark Buehrle 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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