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10/04/2010 1:39 PM ET
Edwin Encarnación of the Toronto Blue Jays named the Bank of America presents the American League Player of the Week
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Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Edwin Encarnación has been named Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week for the period ending October 3rd. Bank of America, the Official Bank of Major League Baseball, is the presenting sponsor of the American League and National League Player of the Week Awards, which reflect Bank of America's long-standing tradition of promoting and recognizing higher standards of accomplishment.

Encarnación led the A.L. with five home runs, 11 RBI and a 1.150 slugging percentage, and ranked among the league leaders in total bases (T-1st, 23), runs scored (T-3rd, 6) and batting average (T-9th, .400). He recorded back-to-back three-hit games on September 30th and October 1st, and clubbed home runs in four consecutive outings at Minnesota from September 30th - October 3rd. The 27-year-old right-handed hitter went 3-for-4 with two home runs, three RBI and three runs scored in a 13-2 win over the Twins on September 30th. He followed that performance by going 3-for-4 again the next day with a home run and a season-high four RBI to lead Toronto to a 6-3 victory at Minnesota. In the four-game series at Target Field, the ninth round selection in the 2000 First-Year Player Draft (by Texas) batted .571 (8-for-14) with four home runs, 10 RBI and six runs scored. The Dominican Republic native, who is in his sixth Major League season, was acquired by the Blue Jays from the Cincinnati Reds as part of the trade for Scott Rolen at the non-waiver deadline in 2009. This is the second career weekly award for Encarnación (previous: August 7-13, 2006). It marks the fourth week this season that the honor was earned by a Blue Jays player, which is the most for Toronto since 2001.

Other noteworthy performances included Seattle Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak (.478, 3 HR, 9 RBI) and Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Brian Matusz (2-0, 0.69 ERA, 17 SO). Also considered were Kansas City Royals first baseman Kila Ka'aihue (.318, 3 HR, 8 RBI); Encarnación's Toronto teammate Marc Rzepczynski (2-0, 1.50 ERA, 15 SO); Oakland Athletics second baseman Mark Ellis (.419, 1 HR, 7 RBI); and Baltimore Orioles closer Koji Uehara (3 SV, 2.25 ERA, 8 SO).

The Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week, Edwin Encarnación, is awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, which is available at MLB.com.

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