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Billy Butler of the Kansas City Royals named the American League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America08/10/2009 3:19 PM ET
Kansas City Royals first baseman Billy Butler, who posted six straight multi-hit games from August 4th-9th, has been named the American League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America for the period ending August 9th. 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 seven games, Billy posted A.L. highs with a .538 (14-26) batting average, a .962 slugging percentage, a .563 on-base percentage, five doubles, 25 total bases and 14 hits while also notching two home runs and 10 RBI, which tied Seattle's Russell Branyan for the A.L. lead. On August 8th, the first-round selection (14th overall) in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft notched his second three-double performance of the season, making him just the fourth Royal to achieve a pair of three-double games in a season. Butler is now one of only two players to post a pair of three-double games this season, along with Toronto's Adam Lind, and he has reached base safely in 18 of his last 28 plate appearances. Butler, a 23-year-old native of Florida, is currently batting .302 and leads the Royals with 57 RBI, a .358 on-base percentage and 124 hits while ranking second in the A.L. with 36 doubles. This marks Billy's first career weekly award.
Other noteworthy performances for the week included New York Yankees left fielder Johnny Damon, who led the A.L. with four home runs, and Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer, who collected 12 hits and seven RBI. Also considered were Boston Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester, who posted a 1.38 ERA and notched an M.L.-best 17 strikeouts, and Oakland Athletics outfielder Rajai Davis, who drove in five runs and stole five bases.
Tourneau, the world's largest watch store, will supply Billy Butler 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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