05/09/2011 3:45 PM ET
Francisco Liriano of the Minnesota Twins and Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers named the American League co-Players of the Week
Starting pitchers Francisco Liriano of the Minnesota Twins and Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers, the first pair to toss
no-hitters within a five-day span of one another since Al Leiter of the Florida Marlins and Dwight Gooden of the New York Yankees in May 1996
(courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau), have been named American League Co-Players of the Week for the period ending May 8th. The
winners were announced earlier today on MLB Network.
On Tuesday, Liriano became the first opposing pitcher to throw a no-hitter at U.S. Cellular Field as he led the Twins to a 1-0 victory over
the Chicago White Sox. It was the seventh no-hitter in franchise history (including one that came when the team was known as the
Washington Senators) and the first no-hitter for a Twins hurler since Eric Milton no-hit the Angels at the Metrodome on September 11, 1999.
The South Siders were held hitless for the 13th time in franchise history, the first since Kansas City's Bret Saberhagen on August 26, 1991, and
the first at home since Jack Morris of the Detroit Tigers accomplished the feat on April 7, 1984 at old Comiskey Park. The 2006 A.L. All-Star
struck out two and walked six in the 123-pitch outing, becoming the fifth pitcher in the last 30 years to issue more walks than strikeouts in a
no-hit performance. According to Elias, the 27-year-old is the fifth Dominican Republic-born pitcher to throw a no-hitter, joining Juan Marichal
(1963), Ramon Martinez (1995), Jose Jimenez (1999) and Ubaldo Jimenez (2010). Liriano's gem was the first complete game and the first
shutout of his professional career.
On Saturday, Verlander became the 27th player in modern Major League history and the second Tigers pitcher to throw two career
no-hitters (also Virgil Trucks, both in 1952) when he blanked the Toronto Blue Jays, 9-0, at the Rogers Centre. It was the seventh no-hitter in
the club's storied history and the first since Verlander, the 2006 A.L. Rookie of the Year, held the Milwaukee Brewers hitless at Comerica Park
on June 12, 2007. The Virginia native nearly reached perfection in the 108-pitch outing, issuing just one free pass in the eighth inning while
striking out four. The 28-year-old's no-hit performance marked the first on the road for Detroit since Morris' gem at Comiskey Park in 1984.
The Jays were no-hit for the fourth time in franchise history, the last coming when Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers pitched the
seventh and final no-hitter of his career on May 1, 1991. In the Old Dominion product's other start earlier in the week, the three-time All-Star
struck out eight over 6.0 innings of work in a no-decision against the New York Yankees at home.
Other nominees included Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (.393, 11 H, 2 HR); White Sox outfielder Alex Rios (.458, 11 H, .750 SLG); and
starting pitchers Fausto Carmona (1-0, 12 K, 0.60 ERA) of the Cleveland Indians, Clay Buchholz (2-0, 1.54 ERA) of the Boston Red Sox and C.J.
Wilson (1-0, CG, 12 K) of the Texas Rangers.
The co-winners of the American League Player of the Week, Francisco Liriano and Justin Verlander, are each awarded a watch courtesy
of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.