Gary Sheffield posted a 1.250 slugging percentage to win the American League Player of the Week award. (Julie Jacobson/AP)
NEW YORK -- Even a stomach flu couldn't stop Gary Sheffield this week, as the Yankees right fielder was named the American League's Player of the Week on Monday.
Sheffield, who has been under the weather for the past few days, led the American League in batting average, slugging percentage and on-base percentage, leading the AL East-leading Yankees to a 5-1 week.
Sheffield batted .563 (9-for-16) with four walks, posting a 1.250 slugging percentage and a .667 on-base percentage. The seven-time All-Star hit three home runs and drove in seven RBIs, scoring five runs and collecting 20 total bases.
This marked Sheffield's 10th career weekly award and his first in the AL.
Wednesday, Sheffield's three-run homer helped the Yankees climb back from a 5-0 first-inning deficit, as New York won the game, 6-5.
Gary Sheffield / RF
Weight: 205 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
"It was very important to take the momentum back," Sheffield said. "To drop a three-spot on them, we pretty much controlled the whole game after that."
Friday, Sheffield -- who was battling a stomach flu -- belted two of the Yankees' six home runs, as New York downed Texas, 7-6. It was the 28th multi-homer game in Sheffield's career.
"Sheffield looked like a man possessed," said manager Joe Torre. "Not bad for a stomach flu."
Sheffield is the third Yankees outfielder to earn AL weekly honors this season, joining Ruben Sierra and Hideki Matsui.
Other candidates included Detroit's Carlos Guillen (.355, four HRs, six RBIs, AL-high 29 TB) and Ivan Rodriguez (.550, three RBIs); Anaheim's Vladimir Guerrero (.320, two HRs, AL-best 12 RBIs, including nine in one game); Cleveland's Casey Blake (.500, HR, five RBIs); and Kansas City's Ken Harvey (.500, HR, four RBIs).
Pitchers appearing on the weekly ballot were Detroit's Gary Knotts (2-0, 1.93 ERA); Mike Mussina (2-0, 2.57 ERA) and Mariano Rivera (five G, five saves) of the Yankees; Oakland's Tim Hudson (1-0, 0.00 ERA, eight-hit shutout); and Baltimore's Rodrigo Lopez (2-0, 3.09 ERA).
Sheffield will receive a Tourneau luxury Swiss timepiece from its Safari collection.
Mark Feinsand is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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