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08/31/2009 3:23 PM ET
Zack Greinke of the Kansas City Royals named the American League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America
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Kansas City Royals All-Star Zack Greinke has been named the American League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America for the period ending August 30th. 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 two outings last week, Zack posted a perfect 2-0 record and 1.06 ERA while leading the Majors with 20 strikeouts and 17.0 innings pitched. On August 25th, the 25-year-old notched a career-high 15 strikeouts against the Cleveland Indians, which broke the previous club record of 14 strikeouts in a nine-inning game set by Mark Gubicza on August 27, 1988 against the Minnesota Twins. His 10th strikeout in that outing marked the 700th of his career and the eighth time he reached a double-digit strikeout total in his career and fifth time this season. Yesterday, the Kansas City ace threw a one-hit, completegame shutout en route to a 3-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. The sixth overall selection in the 2002 First- Year Player Draft became the fourth pitcher since 1900 to follow up a 15-strikeout performance with a one-hitter, joining Vida Blue (1971), Randy Johnson (1998) and Pedro Martinez (1999). Greinke's one-hit outing was the 19th in Royals history and his 20 strikeouts last week puts him at 202 for the season, becoming the fourth Royals pitcher to ever reach that plateau. This marks Zack's second career weekly award, both of which have been achieved this season (previous: 4/20/09).

Other noteworthy performances for the week included Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim first baseman Kendry Morales, who led the A.L. with a .462 batting average and 11 RBI, and Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler, who posted five RBI and four stolen bases. Also considered was Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who tied for the lead in the A.L. with 12 hits and also notched two triples.

Tourneau, the world's largest watch store, will supply Zack Greinke 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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