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Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees named the Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week06/01/2010 3:49 PM ET
New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano, who leads all American League players at his position in All-Star balloting, has been named Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week for the period ending May 30th. 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, Robinson hit a Major League-leading .565 (13-23) with five runs scored and one home run, while matching Major League bests with 13 hits, four doubles and nine RBI. Cano, who did not strike out last week, also posted a .870 slugging percentage. On May 28th, Robinson connected on a first-pitch offering for his third career grand slam in the seventh inning of an 8-2 win over the Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium. In his first career start in the cleanup spot of the lineup, Cano collected three hits, four RBI and scored three runs, while also snapping a season-long 96 at-bat homerless streak with his grand slam. On May 30th, the 27-year-old collected two hits and scored a run en route to a 7-3 victory over the Indians. In his 50th game of the season, his two hits boosted his season total to 71, making him the first Yankee to have as many hits in his first 50 games of a season since Alfonso Soriano also posted 71 hits through 50 games in 2002. The native of San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic has a 14-game hitting streak entering play today, including nine multi-hit efforts, five of which came last week. The left-handed hitting slugger owns a .363 batting average with 11 home runs and 40 RBI while leading the Majors with 73 hits and 124 total bases, and his 948 hits since his Major League debut on May 3, 2005 are the most by any second baseman in baseball. This marks Robinson's fourth career weekly award (last accomplished on 8/6/07).
Other noteworthy performances included Boston Red Sox hurlers Clay Buchholz, who posted a perfect 2-0 record with a 0.69 ERA and 12 strikeouts, and Jon Lester, who also posted a 2-0 record and combined with his bullpen to complete a one-hitter on the strength of a nine-strikeout effort against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 25th. Also considered was Detroit Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer, who returned to the Major Leagues by notching 14 punchouts in a victorious, 5.2-inning outing.
The Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week, Robinson Cano, is awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.
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