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Texas Rangers teammates Josh Hamilton, Colby Lewis named the Bank of America Presents the American League Co-players of the Week06/14/2010 4:05 PM ET
Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton and right-handed pitcher Colby Lewis have been named Bank of America Presents the American League Co-Players of the Week for the period ending June 13th. 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. It is the first time that a player and a pitcher from the same A.L. team have shared the award since Boston Red Sox teammates Trot Nixon and Pedro Martinez did so on July 7, 2002. The last time any Major League team accomplished the feat was August 20, 2006, when Chris Duncan and Chris Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals shared the honors.
In seven games last week, Josh hit .370 (10-27) with two doubles, four home runs, seven runs scored and a Major League-best 13 RBI. He also posted an .889 slugging percentage and a .433 on-base percentage while leading the A.L. West-leading Rangers to a 5-2 record last week. The two-time A.L. All-Star collected two homers and nine RBI in a four-game series against the division rival Seattle Mariners at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The first overall selection of the 1999 First-Year Player Draft currently holds a 10-game hitting streak and has homered in four of his last five contests. This is Josh's first career weekly award.
Last week, Lewis posted a perfect 2-0 record and recorded 15 strikeouts in his 15.0 innings of work. In his two starts, Colby notched a 1.80 ERA and held opposing batters to a .132 batting average, while issuing just four free passes. On Sunday, the right-hander posted his fourth 10-strikeout game of the season, becoming the first Texas pitcher since Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, the current club President of the Rangers, in 1991 to meet that mark. In that same outing, he delivered a two-run single in the sixth inning to carry the Rangers to a 7-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park during the Rangers' second Interleague series of the season. The 30-year-old became the first pitcher in Rangers history with multiple hits and RBI in a game with his offensive performance on Sunday. This marks the first career weekly honor for Colby, in addition to making him the first Rangers hurler to receive the award since Kenny Rogers won following his perfect game in 1994.
Other noteworthy performances included Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Carlos Peña, who led the Majors with six home runs and paced the A.L. with a 1.083 slugging percentage, and teammate Sean Rodriguez, who posted a .478 batting average.
The Bank of America Presents the American League Co-Players of the Week, Josh Hamilton and Colby Lewis, are each awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.
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