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Jim Thome of the Minnesota Twins has been named the Bank of America presents the American League Player of the Week
07/06/2010 2:48 PM ET
Minnesota Twins designated hitter Jim Thome has been named Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week for the period ending July 4th. 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, Thome posted a Major League-best 1.150 slugging percentage and tied for the Major League lead with four home runs. He posted a .400 batting average, seven runs scored, a double, a triple, three walks and a .478 on-base percentage. Jim homered in back-to-back games against the Detroit Tigers at Target Field on June 28th and 29th; in the former game, he added a triple, marking the first three-bagger for the five-time All-Star slugger since the 2004 season. On Friday, July 3rd, Jim went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two home runs, his 45th career multi-homer game. Now with 574 career home runs, Thome has passed Twins great and Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew for 10th on the all-time list. On the season, Thome is hitting .266 with 10 home runs, 27 RBI and a .391 on-base percentage. Other noteworthy performances by position players included All-Stars Torii Hunter (.421, 2 HR, 7 RBI) of the host Angels, Vladimir Guerrero (.364, 3 HR, 10 RBI) of the Texas Rangers and Miguel Cabrera (.467, 5 RBI) of the Detroit Tigers; first baseman Matt LaPorta (.360, 3 HR, 7 RBI) of the Cleveland Indians; and first baseman Russell Branyan (.300, 2 HR, 7 RBI) of the Seattle Mariners. Pitchers who received consideration were All-Star Cliff Lee (2-0, 2.12 ERA, 1 CG) of the Mariners; Oakland Athletics hurlers Vin Mazzaro (2-0, 1.35 ERA) and Andrew Bailey (3 G, 0 ER, 3 saves); and Joel Piñeiro (2-0, 2.08 ERA) of the Angels.

The Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week, Jim Thome, is awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, which is available at

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