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Toronto's Adam Lind, Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria named the American League co-players of the week presented by Bank of America09/08/2009 4:09 PM ET
Two young American League East sluggers, left fielder Adam Lind of the Toronto Blue Jays and third baseman Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays, have been named the American League Co-Players of the Week presented by Bank of America for the period ending September 6th. 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 eight games last week, Adam hit .321 (9-28) with nine runs, four doubles, three home runs and a Major League-best 12 RBI. The 26-year-old also posted a .786 slugging percentage and a .457 on-base percentage. On August 31st, the left-handed slugger belted two home runs to mark his second career multi-homer game, which included his first career grand slam. The third round selection in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft finished the game with a career-high eight RBI, leading the Blue Jays to an 18-10 road victory over the Texas Rangers and falling one RBI short of tying the club record of nine, set by Roy Howell (9/10/77 @ NYY). Entering play today, Lind is hitting .304 with 28 home runs, 94 RBI and ranks second in the A.L. with 45 doubles. This marks Adam's first career weekly award.
In seven games, Evan led the A.L. with a .467 (14-30) batting average, five doubles, 10 runs scored, 28 total bases and a .933 slugging percentage. The 23-year-old tied for the A.L. lead with three home runs and also collected 10 RBI. On September 6th, the 2008 A.L. Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award winner notched his 28th homer to surpass his rookie season total and exceeded 100 RBI for the first time in his career. The two-time All-Star became the 14th Major Leaguer and the second Ray ever with 40 doubles, 25 home runs and 100 RBI before the age of 24. Entering play today with an 11-game hitting streak, Evan is hitting .281 with 41 doubles, 29 homers and 102 RBI. This marks Evan's fourth career weekly award and third this season (previous: 4/13/09 & 5/4/09).
Other noteworthy performances for the week included Boston Red Sox southpaw Jon Lester, who went 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA and an A.L.-best 17 strikeouts, and Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, who tied for the A.L. lead with three home runs. Also considered was Red Sox catcher/first baseman Victor Martinez, who led the A.L. with a .538 on-base percentage. Tourneau, the world's largest watch store, will supply Adam Lind and Evan Longoria each with a luxury Swiss Tourneau timepiece, suitably engraved, in recognition of his achievement as the A.L. Co-Players of the Week presented by Bank of America.
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