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08/03/2009 3:13 PM ET
Angels first baseman Kendry Morales named the American League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America
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Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim first baseman Kendry Morales has been named the American League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America for the period ending August 2nd. 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, Morales hit .423 (11-26) and led the Majors with five home runs, 13 RBI and 28 total bases. Kendry also led the Majors with a 1.077 slugging percentage while posting a .464 on-base percentage. On July 27th, the switch-hitter notched two solo home runs to mark the second multi-home run game of his career. On Sunday, the Cuban native hit a pair of three-run home runs for a career-high six RBI en route to a 13-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins at the Metrodome. Kendry extended his current eight-game hitting streak last week with two multi-homer games and four multi-RBI efforts. On the season, the 26-year-old slugger is batting .299 with a team-leading 23 home runs and 69 RBI (ranking second on the club). Morales places third in the A.L. with a .581 slugging percentage and ranks fourth in the A.L. with 53 extra-base hits. This marks Kendry's first career weekly award.

Other noteworthy performances for the week included a pair of Boston Red Sox All-Stars, first baseman Kevin Youkilis, who led the Majors with a .552 batting average and .618 on-base percentage, and hurler Josh Beckett, who went 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA and 15 strikeouts. Also considered were Seattle Mariners second baseman Jose Lopez, who posted a .545 batting average and eight RBI, and Baltimore Orioles All-Star outfielder Adam Jones, who hit four home runs and 10 RBI.

Tourneau, the world's largest watch store, will supply Kendry Morales 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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