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07/06/2009 3:04 PM ET
Justin Morneau of the Minnesota Twins named the American League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America
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Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau, the top choice of American League players at his position in Player Balloting for the 2009 All-Star Game, has been named the American League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America for the period ending July 5. 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, Morneau hit .480 (12-25) with an AL-best four home runs and 26 total bases along with two doubles and eight RBI. The 28-year-old posted a 1.040 slugging percentage and a .536 on-base percentage. The third-round selection in the 1999 First-Year Player Draft homered in three consecutive games to begin the week, from June 28-30, falling one homer shy of a career-best four straight games. On the Fourth of July, the 2006 AL Most Valuable Player went 4-for-4 with a homer and two RBI en route to a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers at the Metrodome. A native of British Columbia, Morneau owns a .545 (12-22) batting average on America's Independence Day, which is the highest mark of any active player with over 20 at-bats. The solo shot by the three-time All-Star on July 4th marked his 20th home run of the season, making him just the fifth different Twin to hit 20-homers in five consecutive seasons. This marks Justin's second career weekly award, previously winning almost exactly two years ago (7/9/07).

Other noteworthy performances for the week included Texas Rangers outfielders David Murphy, who led the AL with a .500 batting average, and Marlon Byrd, who led the AL with nine RBI and a .556 on-base percentage. Also considered was Boston Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester, who went 1-0 in two starts, notching 17 strikeouts and a 0.66 ERA.

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

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