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09/21/2009 3:18 PM ET
Michael Cuddyer of the Minnesota Twins named the American League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America
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Minnesota Twins right fielder Michael Cuddyer, who tied for the Major League lead with four home runs last week, has been named the American League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America for the period ending September 20th. 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 key divisional games, Michael hit .292 (7-24) with two doubles, five runs scored, 11 RBI and an .875 slugging percentage while collecting four multi-RBI games. On September 14th, the right-handed slugger hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to tie the game at three, the highlight of a six-run eighth in a 6-3 comeback win over the Cleveland Indians at the Metrodome. The 100th career homer milestone marked Cuddyer's 25th of the season, surpassing his previous career-high of 24 (2006). In a critical September 19th among the A.L. Central leaders, Michael's three-run blast catapulted the Twins to a 6-2 win over the first-place Detroit Tigers, extending Minnesota's season-high winning streak to six games and marking his third consecutive game with a homer, the first time he has achieved that feat in his career. The 30-year-old Virginia native, who was the ninth overall choice in the 1997 First-Year Player Draft, is currently hitting .272 with 33 doubles, 83 RBI, 81 runs scored and career highs with 28 home runs and six triples. This marks the first career weekly award for the versatile Cuddyer, who has been playing first base of late in the absence of injured All-Star first baseman Justin Morneau. Other noteworthy performances included Cuddyer's teammate Joe Mauer, who posted an A.L.-best .556 batting average and a Major League-best .667 on-base percentage. Also considered were New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira, who tied for the Major League lead with 13 hits, and a pair of backstops, Baltimore Orioles rookie Matt Wieters, who hit two homers with 10 RBI, and Kansas City Royals veteran Miguel Olivo, who led the Majors with 13 RBI and a 1.176 slugging percentage. Tourneau, the world's largest watch store, will supply Michael Cuddyer 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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