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Michael Young of the Texas Rangers named the American League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America08/24/2009 3:07 PM ET
Texas Rangers six-time All-Star Michael Young, who led the Majors with 15 hits last week, has been named the American League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America for the period ending August 23rd. 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, Michael hit .500 (15-30) and compiled two doubles, a triple, one home run, eight RBI and nine runs scored. Young also posted a .733 slugging percentage and a .516 on-base percentage. On August 22nd, the 32-year-old hit his 43rd career triple, the second-most in club history and one shy of tying the club record, and fell just a double short of the cycle in a 5-4, extra-inning loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. The fifth round selection in the 1997 First-Year Player Draft brings an 11-game hitting streak into his club's series at Yankee Stadium, starting tomorrow. It is his 19th career hitting streak of 10-or-more games, tying him with teammate Ivan Rodriguez for the most in Texas history. Young, who replaced the injured Evan Longoria as the A.L.'s starting third baseman in the 2009 All-Star Game, collected three hits apiece in three consecutive contests for the second time this season, becoming the first A.L. player to have a pair of three-hit, three-game streaks since Kansas City's Johnny Damon in 2000. This marks the second weekly award of Michael's career (previous: 8/16/2006).
Other noteworthy performances last week included Oakland Athletics slugger Jack Cust, who led the A.L. with a .571 batting average and a 1.214 slugging percentage, and Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, who notched three home runs and 10 RBI. Also considered were New York Yankees southpaw CC Sabathia, who posted a perfect 2-0 record and 15 strikeouts, and Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts, who tied for the A.L. lead with four home runs.
Tourneau, the world's largest watch store, will supply Michael Young 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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