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Anderson named AL Player of Week
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07/17/2003 10:27 PM ET 
Anderson named AL Player of Week
Honor begins a week of accolades for Angel
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Garret Anderson now has six homers and 36 runs batted in to go with his .327 batting average. (AP Photo)
It's quite possible that we've heard the last "underrated" utterance in reference to Garret Anderson.

The winner of the American League Pepsi Player of the Week for the period of July 7-13, Anderson received the honor -- his second of the season -- on Monday, the first of two eventful days for the unassuming Angels left fielder.

The chronically overshadowed Anderson had a proverbial coming-out party this All-Star week in Chicago. The surprise winner of Monday's Century 21 Home Run Derby completed the awards trifecta by garnering All-Star MVP honors Tuesday night, going 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs for the victorious American League. Anderson became the first Derby-MVP double winner since the Orioles' Cal Ripken Jr. in 1991.

    Garret Anderson   /   OF
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 190
Bats/Throws: L/L

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"All of Southern California has known about Garret for a long time," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday night in Chicago, "and the baseball community definitely has known about him for a long time."

It ended a whirlwind 10-day period for Anderson, who batted .435 (10-for-23) with three home runs and six RBIs in six games last week. The first two-time winner of the award in either league this season, he had 19 total bases, slugged .826, and had an OBP of .458.

It is also the fourth time a member of the defending World Series champion Angels has won the award in 2003. First baseman Scott Spiezio received accolades for the week of May 12-18, while third baseman Troy Glaus was honored for the period of May 19-25.

Anderson entered the All-Star break batting .316 with team highs in home runs (22) and RBIs (78).

Brian Wilson is an editorial producer for MLB.com. John Schlegel, a reporter for MLB.com, contributed to this story. This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.




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