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09/28/2009 2:44 PM ET
Marlon Byrd of the Texas Rangers Named the American League Player of the Week Presented by Bank of America
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Texas Rangers outfielder Marlon Byrd has been named the American League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America for the period ending September 27th. 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 seven games last week, Marlon hit .320 (8-25) with two doubles and seven runs scored while tying for the A.L.-high with three home runs and posting an A.L.-best 11 RBI. Byrd also posted a .760 slugging percentage and a .433 on-base percentage. On September 26th, the right-handed slugger hit his sixth career grand slam, sparking an 11-run fifth inning and helping carry the Rangers to a 15-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The 10th-round selection in the 1999 First-Year Player Draft knocked two home runs and collected five RBI, marking his fourth career multi-homer game and his third this season as he reached his career-high RBI total for the fifth time. With 59 career home runs through that grand slam, Byrd became the only player in Major League history to compile six-or-more grand slams with fewer than 60 career home runs, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The 32-year-old is currently hitting .283 with career highs in doubles (43), home runs (20) and RBI (89). This marks Marlon's second career weekly award (previous: 8/11/08).

Other noteworthy performances included Detroit Tigers slugger Carlos Guillen, who led the Majors with a .563 batting average, a 1.125 slugging percentage and a .600 on-base percentage. Also considered were New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, whose four saves helped his club clinch the A.L. East title, and Kansas City Royals ace Zack Greinke, who posted a perfect 2-0 record and a 0.69 ERA. Another notable performance was by Minnesota Twins outfielder Denard Span, whose career-best six-RBI game highlighted Saturday's win over the Royals, which helped the Twins gain ground in the A.L. Central title race.

Tourneau, the world's largest watch store, will supply Marlon Byrd 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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