2003 Player of the Week winners
NEW YORK -- Roger Clemens' magical week was capped off on Monday, as the Yankees' pitcher was named the American League Pepsi Player of the Week.
Clemens (7-4) won the 300th game of his career on Friday night, defeating the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-2, at Yankee Stadium. Clemens allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings, striking out 10 batters, including his first six outs of the game. It was the 104th double-digit strikeout game in Clemens' career, the third-most in history behind Nolan Ryan (215) and Randy Johnson (188).
With his fourth strikeout of the night, Clemens joined Ryan and Steve Carlton as the only hurlers to record 4,000 career punchouts.
"4,000 and 300 put me with some great men that have ever stepped on that mound," Clemens said after his milestone win. "I'm very happy to be able to catch these guys."
This represents the eighth time in Clemens' career that he has earned Player of the Week honors. With a career mark of 300-155 (.659), the eight-time AL All-Star and six-time Cy Young Award winner has the second best record among right-handers whose careers began after 1900, trailing only Christy Mathewson (.665).
The Rocket had fallen short in his first three tries at 300, losing to the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on Memorial Day before missing out in Detroit and Chicago. That gave Clemens a chance to reach 300 in front of 55,214 adoring fans in the Bronx, where he became the 21st pitcher to win 300 games.
"I'm glad it didn't happen anywhere else," Clemens said on Saturday. "Knowing what I know now, I don't know what it would have felt like in Chicago or Detroit, but it would have been more of a downer. Everything happens for a reason."
Other candidates for the award were Baltimore's Jay Gibbons (.476, 3 HR, 10 RBIs); Boston's Nomar Garciaparra (.500, 14 hits, 26 total bases); Minnesota's Corey Koskie (.550, .630 OBP) and A.J. Pierzynski (.412, 2 HR, 10 RBIs); Yankees outfielder Hideki Matsui (.478, 1 HR, 8 RBIs); Oakland's Eric Byrnes (.385, 3 HR, 7 RBIs) and Ramon Hernandez (.316, 3 HR, 8 RBIs); and Toronto's Reed Johnson (.381, 4 HR, 6 RBIs).
Pitchers named on the ballot were two of Clemens' teammates: Mike Mussina (2-0, 2.40 ERA, 11 K) and Mariano Rivera (4 IP, 0 H, 4 saves).
Mark Feinsand is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.