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07/20/2009 1:12 PM ET
Jim Thome of the Chicago White Sox named the American League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America
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Designated hitter Jim Thome, who set a Chicago White Sox record with 14 RBI in a three-game span dating to July 11th, has been named the American League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America for the period ending July 19th. 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 three games after the All-Star break, Thome hit .500 (5-10) with a double, two home runs and an A.L.-best seven RBI. The 38-year-old led the Majors with a 1.200 slugging percentage and also posted an A.L-best .615 on-base percentage. On July 17th, the five-time All-Star hit two home runs and set a career-high with seven RBI en route to a 12-8 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field. He broke a 3-3 tie with a three-run shot in the fifth inning and followed in the sixth with his ninth career grand slam. Thome had tallied four career six-RBI games prior to Friday (most recent: 7/6/06 vs. BAL, also the last time that he hit a grand slam). This was the slugger's 43rd career multi-homer game, leaving him seven shy of passing Reggie Jackson for 12th on the all-time list. This marks Jim's sixth career weekly award.

Other noteworthy performances were by Seattle Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez, who notched two home runs, two stolen bases, five RBI and an A.L.-best 12 total bases, and Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Roy Halladay, the A.L.'s starting pitcher in the 2009 All-Star Game who posted his fourth complete game this season in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Boston Red Sox at Rogers Centre. Other nominees were Tampa Bay Rays closer J.P. Howell, who posted three saves in his three games, and his teammate, 2009 Ted Williams All-Star Game MVP presented by Chevrolet Carl Crawford, who hit .385 with two stolen bases.

Tourneau, the world's largest watch store, will supply Jim Thome 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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