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Tampa Bay's Matt Garza, Toronto's Jose Bautista share Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week honors08/02/2010 3:51 PM ET
Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Matt Garza, who threw the first no-hitter in club history last week, and Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista, who built up his Major League-leading total of 32 home runs, have been named co-winners of the Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week for the period ending August 1st. 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 Monday, July 26th, Garza (2 GS, 1-0, 2.25 ERA, 16.0 IP, 5 H, 15 SO last week) threw the fifth no-hitter of the 2010 season by shutting down the Detroit Tigers at Tropicana Field. The 2008 ALCS MVP faced the minimum 27 batters in his gem, which came in Tampa Bay's 2,039th game since the franchise's inception in 1998. Eighty of Garza's 120 pitches went for strikes, and he fanned six batters against a lone second inning walk, which was followed by a double play. On Saturday, the California native, who is now 11-5 with a 4.11 ERA on the year, matched a season-high with nine strikeouts in a no-decision against the New York Yankees, a duel between the top two clubs in the Majors. Bautista (.545, 5 HR, 13 RBI, 1.364 SLG last week) continued his breakout season by starting last week with an 8-for-12 series vs. the Baltimore Orioles with six runs scored, three home runs and eight RBI. The 2010 A.L. All-Star led all of MLB with 11 home runs in July, making him the first Jay ever to lead the Majors in homers in at least two different months (he also had 12 in May) of a single calendar season. Dating back to September 1, 2009, Bautista (.260, 32 HR, 80 RBI) leads the Majors with 41 homers, seven in front of the next closest player (Prince Fielder's 34).
Other noteworthy performances were turned in by Minnesota Twins teammates Joe Mauer (.632, 12-19, 1 HR, 10 RBI), Danny Valencia (.545, 1 HR, 8 RBI) and Delmon Young (.500, 1 HR, 7 RBI); Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (.320, 3 HR, 10 RBI), who slammed a pair of ninth inning, extra-base hits against the visiting Tigers on Friday and Saturday; and Juan Pierre (.480, 5 RBI, 4 SB) of the Chicago White Sox. Pitchers who were nominated included Twins southpaw Francisco Liriano (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 14.0 IP, 5 H, 17 SO); Pale Hose hurler Gavin Floyd (2-0, 0.64 ERA, 14.0 IP); Rays veteran James Shields (2-0, 1.29 ERA, 14.0 IP, 18 SO); and Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez (0.00 ERA, 3 saves).
The Bank of America Presents the American League Co-Players of the Week, Matt Garza and Jose Bautista, are each awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, which is available at MLB.com.
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