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05/16/2005 4:03 PM ET
Yankees' Martinez wins Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week Award
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New York Yankees first baseman Tino Martinez, who last week became the fourth oldest player in baseball history to homer in five consecutive games, has been named Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week for the week ending May 15th. 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, Martinez batted .391 (9-23), leading the league with six home runs, 15 RBI and 10 runs scored. The veteran first baseman led the A.L. in total bases with 28 and finished second in slugging percentage at 1.217. On Wednesday, Martinez became the first Yankee to homer in five straight games since Don Mattingly tied the Major League record of eight consecutive games in 1987. During Sunday's 6-4 win over Oakland, Martinez connected for his seventh and eighth home runs over the course of New York's eight-game winning streak. Martinez had at least one home run in every game but one last week and has gone deep 10 times in his last 12 games. This is the fifth career A.L. Player of the Week Award for Martinez, his fourth as a member of the Yankees. It marks the 83rd time a New York Yankee has captured the weekly honor since the award's inception in 1974.

Other candidates included Boston's Trot Nixon (.529, 3 HR, 10 RBI), Toronto's Roy Halladay (2-0, 1.08, 16.2 IP, 11 SO) and Baltimore's Daniel Cabrera (2-0, 3.21, 15 SO).

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