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04/18/2005 3:18 PM ET
Baltimore's Brian Roberts wins Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week award
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Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts, who has already tied his career-high with five home runs this season, has been named Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week for the week ending April 17. 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 the bank's long-standing tradition of promoting and recognizing higher standards of accomplishment.

In six games last week, Roberts batted .500 (12-24) with two home runs, eight RBI, two triples and a .600 on-base percentage. The O's leadoff man led the AL with nine runs scored and six stolen bases while collecting 22 total bases. Roberts hit safely in all six Orioles games including five multi-hit games helping Baltimore to go 5-1 for the week. On Saturday, Roberts' seventh inning three-run home run finished off a dramatic four-run comeback win over the New York Yankees. This is the first career Player of the Week Award for Roberts.

Other candidates included Roberts' teammates, Miguel Tejada (.375, 13 RBI) and Melvin Mora (.478, .826 SLG); Toronto's Gregg Zaun (.467, .609 OBP, 7 BB) and Shea Hillenbrand (.414, 20 TB); Hank Blalock (.379, 2 HR) and Michael Young (.300, 9 RBI) of the Texas Rangers; and New York's Gary Sheffield (.500, 2 HR, 8 RBI).

Pitchers on the ballot included Boston's Tim Wakefield (2-0, 0.69 ERA, 10 SO) and Gustavo Chacin (2-0, 14.0 IP, 1.29 ERA) of the Blue Jays.

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