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Dallas Braden of the Oakland Athletics named the Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week05/10/2010 2:34 PM ET
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Oakland Athletics left-hander Dallas Braden, who threw the 17th perfect game of the modern era on Sunday, has been named Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week for the period ending May 9th. 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.
On Sunday, the 26-year-old achieved perfection as he led the A's to a 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays, the owners of Major League Baseball's best record, at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Braden is just the second pitcher in A's history to record a perfect outing, joining Hall of Famer Catfish Hunter, who accomplished the feat on May 8, 1968, against the Minnesota Twins. In earning his first career complete game in his 53rd career start, the southpaw also notched the 11th no-hitter in Oakland history and the first since June 29, 1990, when Dave Stewart blanked the Toronto Blue Jays. The native of Stockton, California is the first pitcher ever to throw a no-hitter against a team with a winning percentage as high as Tampa Bay's .733 mark entering play on Sunday. On Mother's Day, Dallas joined Hall of Famer Jim Bunning, who threw the fifth perfect game of the modern era on Father's Day in 1964, as the only other pitcher in history to throw a perfecto on an American holiday. In his two outings last week, the left-hander posted a 1-1 record with a 1.69 ERA, notching six of his nine strikeouts in his perfect game on Sunday. This marks Braden's first career weekly award.
Other noteworthy performances included Chicago White Sox center fielder Alex Rios, who led the Majors with 13 hits and tied for the Major League lead with a 1.000 slugging percentage. Also considered were Texas Rangers designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero, who led the Majors with 13 RBI and matched a Major League-best with four homers, and Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera, who led the A.L. with a .563 batting average and .650 on-base percentage.
The Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week, Dallas Braden, is awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.
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