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06/15/2009 2:26 PM ET
Jose Contreras of the Chicago White Sox named the American League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America
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Chicago White Sox right-hander Jose Contreras, who posted a 0.00 ERA in his 16.0 innings pitched last week, has been named the American League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America for the period ending June 14. 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.

Contreras went a perfect 2-0 in his two starts last week, allowing only three hits and notching 11 strikeouts. On June 8th, the 37-year-old Contreras threw eight shutout innings while allowing just one hit with three strikeouts vs. the A.L. Central-rival Detroit Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field. On Saturday at Milwaukee, Contreras followed with an eight-strikeout scoreless effort. Jose, a 2006 A.L. All-Star, is the second pitcher since 1900 to throw 8.0 innings or more in a game while allowing no more than one hit after at least 30 days since his most recent appearance that season. The other pitcher to accomplish the feat was Montreal's Kirk Reuter, who threw a one-hit shutout on 8/27/95 vs. San Francisco after spending more than three months in the minor leagues. The 16.0 consecutive scoreless innings pitched mark a career-best for Contreras. The wins marked his first two of the season and lowered his ERA from 8.19 to 5.32. This marks Jose's first career weekly award.

Other performances of note included Kansas City Royals teammates Miguel Olivo, who led the A.L. with 21 total bases, and Alberto Callaspo, who paced the A.L. with eight RBI. Also receiving consideration was Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Torii Hunter, who posted an A.L.-best 1.053 slugging percentage and four home runs. Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Scott Rolen, who posted an A.L.-best .550 batting average and .571 on-base percentage, also stood out last week.

Tourneau, the world's largest watch store, will supply Jose Contreras 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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