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04/13/2009 4:54 PM ET
Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays named the American League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America
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All-Star third baseman Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays has been named the American League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America for the period ending April 12. Bank of America is the Official Bank of Major League Baseball and the only place where you can get your favorite Club logo on checks, check cards or credit cards. For more information on MLB® banking, visit bankofamerica.com/MLB.

In six games last week, Evan hit .481 (13-27) with four doubles, five home runs, 10 RBI and a stolen base. The 2008 American League Rookie of the Year entered play today leading Major League Baseball with a 1.185 slugging percentage. On April 10, in a series opener against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards, Longoria notched the fourth multi-homer game of his career, collecting three RBI. Longoria collected a hit in each of his first six games and posted five multi-hit games on the week. Evan is the first Rookie of the Year to hit as many as five homers through his first six games of the ensuing season. This marks Evan's second career weekly award (previous: 6/30/08).

The runner-up was Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera, who had an outstanding week, hitting .520 (13-25) with two doubles, three home runs and 10 RBI in seven games. Other nominees considered were Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Adam Lind (.400, .767 SLG, 2 2B, 3 HR, 12 RBI) and the versatile Nick Swisher (.471, 1.118 SLG, 3 2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI) of the New York Yankees. The league-leading .522 batting average by Boston Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis and the 2-0 record of Orioles right-hander Jeremy Guthrie (2.25 ERA) also stood out last week.

Tourneau, the world's largest watch store, will supply Evan Longoria with a luxury Swiss Tourneau timepiece, suitably engraved, in recognition of his achievement as the American League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America.

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