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07/18/2011 3:43 PM ET
Nick Markakis of the Baltimore Orioles named the American League Player of the Week
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Baltimore Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending July 17th. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

In four games last week, Markakis hit .429 (6-for-14) with two doubles, two home runs, four RBI and five runs scored on his way to earning his first career A.L. Player of the Week honor, the first Oriole to garner the award since Luke Scott on July 25, 2010. The six-year veteran tied for first in the league in home runs, runs scored and slugging percentage (1.000), and was second with 14 total bases. The 27-year-old reached a career milestone during Friday's game against the Cleveland Indians at Camden Yards, collecting his 1,000th career hit with a third-inning single to become the 14th player to reach that plateau with the Orioles. On Saturday, Markakis went 3-for-4 with two doubles, one home run and three runs scored as the Orioles held off the Tribe, 6-5. Markakis' solo shot in the sixth inning broke a 2-2 tie and he later doubled and scored as part of a three-run eighth inning as Baltimore snapped a season-long nine-game losing streak. It marked the third time in Nick's career that he recorded three extra-base hits in a game and the first such occasion since 2008. On Sunday, Markakis was one of four Orioles to homer (also Matt Wieters, Robert Adino and Adam Jones), hitting his ninth homer of the season and his second in as many days as Baltimore defeated the Indians, 8-3, to come away with a split in the four-game set. It marked the second time this season the O's launched four homers in a single game. The victory gave Baltimore their first back-to-back wins since June 19th and 20th. The seventh overall pick in the first round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft has hit .333 (13-for-39) with two doubles, two home runs and seven RBI over a 10-game hitting streak heading into play today. In addition, Markakis has hit safely in 31 of his last 33 games dating back to June 8th, batting .396 (57-for-144) with nine doubles, five homers, 21 RBI and 18 runs scored over the period while raising his season batting average from .236 to .297 in the process.

Other noteworthy performances from last week include New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner (.625, 3 2B, .647 OBP); Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (.500, 2 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1.000 SLG) and right-handed pitcher Josh Beckett (8.0 IP, 1 H, 6 K, 0 BB at Tampa Bay on July 17th); Texas Rangers left-hander Derek Holland (1-0, SHO, 5 H, 8 K, 1 BB at Seattle on July 14th); and Chicago White Sox right-handed starter Edwin Jackson (1-0, SHO, 9 H, 2 K at Detroit on July 16th).

The winner of the American League Player of the Week, Nick Markakis, will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.

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