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07/25/2011 3:45 PM ET
Hideki Matsui of the Oakland Athletics named the American League Player of the Week
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Oakland Athletics designated hitter Hideki Matsui has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending July 24th.

In five games last week, Matsui batted a Major League-leading .571 (12-for-21) with two doubles, two home runs, seven RBI and four runs scored en route to winning his fourth career A.L. Player of the Week Award, his first since June 20, 2005. Matsui becomes the second Athletic to garner the award this month, joining teammate Gio Gonzalez, who won co-honors with Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista on July 5th. In addition to leading the Major Leagues in batting average, the 37-year-old led all of Major League Baseball with a .591 on-base percentage and finished second with a .952 slugging percentage. Among A.L. leaders, Matsui tied for first in hits, was tied for second in RBI and finished third with 20 total bases. On Wednesday in Detroit, the left-handed-hitting slugger went 3-for-4 with a run scored and three RBI as he launched the 500th home run in his professional baseball career to help lead Oakland over Detroit, 7-5, at Comerica Park. Matsui's sixth-inning solo shot snapped a 24-game homerless streak, his longest in four seasons, and he became the first player to combine for 500 homers between the Major Leagues and Japan. The Ishikawa, Japan native has 169 home runs in nine Major League seasons after compiling 332 homers in 10 seasons with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan's Central League from 1993-2002. On Saturday at Yankee Stadium, the two-time All-Star went 2-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored as the A's topped the Yankees, 4-3. It was Oakland's first win over the Yanks since April 22, 2010, snapping an 11-game skid. The following day, the former Yankee went 5-for-5 with two doubles, a run scored and an RBI in a losing effort as New York defeated Oakland 7-5. It was the second five-hit game of Matsui's Major League career, last accomplishing the feat with a 5-for-6 effort against Tampa Bay on July 22, 2007 while playing for New York. The 2009 World Series MVP finished the three-game set against his former club batting .538 (7-for-13) with three extrabase hits. Matsui has reached base safely in each of his eight games since the All-Star break, batting .469 (15-for-32) with three doubles, two homers, three walks and 11 RBI and has raised his season batting average 28 points over the span.

Other noteworthy performances last week included Boston Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury (.462, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 9 R); Seattle Mariners infielder Brendan Ryan (.414, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 7 R); Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta (.435, 2 HR, 9 RBI, .826 SLG); Blue Jays left-hander Brett Cecil (1-0, 16.0 IP, first career SHO at Texas on July 24th); Cleveland Indians right-hander Justin Masterson (14.2 IP, 0.61 ERA, 12 K, 1 BB); and Texas Rangers left-hander C.J. Wilson (0-1, 8.0 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 8 K at Los Angeles on July 21st).

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

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