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Dan Haren of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Johnny Damon of the Tampa Bay Rays named the American League Co-Players of the Week04/18/2011 4:19 PM ET
Angeles Angels of Anaheim starting pitcher Dan Haren and Tampa Bay Rays left fielder Johnny Damon have been named American League Co-Players of the Week for the period ending April 17th.
Last week, Haren posted a perfect 2-0 record while leading the league with 14 strikeouts and 15.1 innings pitched. In his two starts, the three-time All-Star notched a 1.17 ERA and held opposing batters to a .148 batting average, while issuing just two free passes. On April 12th, the right-hander recorded his third career shutout and first career one-hit game in a 2-0 win against the Cleveland Indians at Angel Stadium, becoming the 11th Angels pitcher (17th time), and first since John Lackey in 2006, to toss a one-hitter. In that outing, the second round pick in the 2001 First-Year Player Draft (by the St. Louis Cardinals) struck out eight and walked two, with the Indians' lone hit coming on a fourth-inning single by Shin-Soo Choo. The victory gave Haren his third win in the span of a week, making the Pepperdine product the first pitcher since Bob Walk in 1991 to win three games over the course of one week, with two of them coming as the starting pitcher (courtesy of Elias). On Sunday, the 30- year-old native of Monterey Park, California allowed two runs on seven hits in 6.1 innings to lead the Angels over the Chicago White Sox, 4-2, at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. This marks the first career weekly honor for Haren, who becomes first Angels hurler to receive the award since Francisco Rodriguez on 8/25/08.
In six games, Damon hit .375 (9-for-24) with two home runs, four runs scored, 15 total bases and a league-best 11 RBI. He also posted a .625 slugging percentage and a .400 on-base percentage while leading the Rays to a 5-1 record during the week. On April 11th, the two-time A.L. All-Star returned to Fenway Park in Boston, going 3-for-5 with a home run, three runs scored and three RBI against his former team in a 16-5 defeat of the Red Sox. In Thursday's series opener against the Minnesota Twins in Tampa, the 35th overall selection of the 1992 First-Year Player Draft (by the Kansas City Royals) topped off a come-from-behind victory with a two-run, walk-off home run in the 10th inning to lift the Rays to a 4-3 victory. Two days later, the 37-year-old veteran again provided the heroics with a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Rays over the Twins, 4-3, notching his second game-winning hit in three days. On Sunday, Damon finished his busy week with an RBI single, giving him 2,584 hits for his career to move past Ernie Banks and into a tie with Reggie Jackson for 79th on the alltime list. The left-handed hitting Damon, who ranks fifth among active players in career hits, currently holds a nine-game hitting streak (12-for-37, .324) and has at least one RBI in six straight contests. This is the third career A.L. Player of the Week honor for Damon (previously accomplished on 8/22/06 and 5/11/09).
Other nominees included Rays outfielder Sam Fuld, who hit .444 (12-for-27) with five extra-base hits, five RBI and a league-leading 20 total bases, and Texas Rangers infielder Michael Young, who led the league with five doubles and tied Fuld for the league-lead with 12 hits overall en route to a .522 batting average.
The co-winners of the American League Player of the Week, Dan Haren and Johnny Damon, are each awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.
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