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Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers named Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week04/12/2010 5:51 PM ET
Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera has been named Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week for the period ending April 11th. Bank of America, the Official Bank of Major League Baseball, is the presenting sponsor of the American League and National League Player of the Week Awards, which reflect Bank of America's long-standing tradition of promoting and recognizing higher standards of accomplishment.
In six games last week, Miguel hit an American League-best .522 (12-23) with six runs scored, two home runs and eight RBI. Cabrera also posted a .783 slugging percentage and led the Majors with a .621 on-base percentage behind an A.L.-best six free passes and 12 hits, which tied for the A.L. high. On April 8th, the four-time All-Star hit a go-ahead, three-run home run in the eighth inning to lead the Tigers to a 7-3 victory over the A.L. Central-rival Kansas City Royals. Miguel made history by collecting eight hits and seven RBI through the first three games of the season. The only other Tiger ever with at least seven hits and seven RBI through the team's first three games of the season was Harry Heilmann, who accomplished the feat in 1923. On Sunday, Cabrera, who will turn 27 on April 18th, reached base safely in all six trips to the plate against the Cleveland Indians via three hits and three walks. This marked the first time in his career that the native of Maracay, Venezuela has reached base safely six times in a single game and the first time any Tiger has done so in a nine-inning game since Carlos Peña collected six hits on May 27, 2004 at Kansas City. This marks Miguel's seventh career weekly award and third in the American League (previous: 7/28/08).
Other noteworthy performances included Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, who tied for the Major League-lead with four home runs and a 1.150 slugging percentage, in addition to leading the American League with nine RBI. Also considered were Minnesota Twins closer Jon Rauch, who notched four saves in as many attempts, and Chicago White Sox southpaw Mark Buehrle, who posted a perfect 2-0 record and a 2.40 ERA. Another notable performance was turned in by Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Alex Gonzalez, who tied for Major League bests with four home runs and 24 total bases.
The Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week, Miguel Cabrera, is awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.
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