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05/26/2009 2:01 PM ET
Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins named the American League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America
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Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer has been named the American League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America for the period ending Sunday, May 24. 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. Formore information on MLB® banking, visit bankofamerica.com/MLB.

In seven games last week, Mauer hit an American League-best .458 (11-24) with two doubles, four home runs and 25 total bases. The two-time A.L. All-Star led the Majors with 12 runs scored and 13 RBI last week. Joe (.444, 11 HR, 31 RBI) also posted a 1.042 slugging percentage along with a .516 on-base percentage. On May 21, the two-time A.L. batting champion went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a grand slam, accumulating a career-high six RBI en route to a 20-1 victory over the A.L. Central rival Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. The two-out, sixth inning grand slam was the second of Mauer's career and was the final hit of his 14-game hitting streak. The top overall pick in the 2001 First-Year Player Draft has reached base in all but two games this season and now has 11 home runs through 23 games, nearing his career-high of 13 in 2006. This marks Joe's second career weekly award (previous: 6/12/2006).

Other noteworthy performances for the week included Mauer's teammates Michael Cuddyer, who led the A.L. with 13 hits and 30 total bases, and Justin Morneau, who posted eight RBI and a league-best .548 on-base percentage. Also considered was New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira, who posted a Major League-best 1.074 slugging percentage while compiling five home runs and 10 RBI. Other nominees were Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Jason Bartlett, who tied Mauer with a Major League-best 13 RBI, and Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, who notched two wins.

Tourneau, the world's largest watch store, will supply Joe Mauer with a luxury Swiss Tourneau timepiece, suitably engraved, in recognition of his achievement as the A.L. Player of the Week presented by Bank of America.

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