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08/08/2011 3:48 PM ET
Ricky Romero of the Toronto Blue Jays Named the American League Player of the Week
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Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Ricky Romero has been named American League Player of the Week for the period ending August 7th. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

In a pair of starts, Romero went 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA, 12 strikeouts, four walks and just five hits allowed in 16.0 innings pitched en route to winning his first career A.L. Player of the Week Award. The 2011 A.L. All-Star joins Jose Bautista (co-honors on July 3rd with Oakland Athletics left-hander Gio Gonzalez) on the list of weekly winners for the Jays this season, and he is the first Toronto hurler to win A.L. Player of the Week since Roy Halladay on May 18, 2009. On Tuesday, August 2nd, the California native allowed just one run on one hit with seven strikeouts over 8.0 innings as the Blue Jays topped the Tampa Bay Rays, 3-1, at Tropicana Field. The 26-year-old left-hander held the Rays hitless until Desmond Jennings launched a leadoff homer to the opposite field to open the sixth inning. Romero's victory on Tuesday was his second straight over the Rays, improving to 2-1 with a 1.64 ERA and 23 strikeouts against them this season. In his next turn on Sunday, the Cal State Fullerton product allowed two runs on four hits and struck out five over 8.0 innings as the Blue Jays defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 7-2, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Romero did not issue a free pass for the first time since his Opening Day start against the Minnesota Twins on April 1st. The sixth overall pick of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft needed just 94 pitches to win his third straight decision over the O's, moving to 3-1 with a 2.25 ERA and 31 strikeouts in four starts against Baltimore in 2011. In his last eight starts against the Birds dating back to May 30, 2010, Romero is 6-1 with a 2.08 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 60.2 innings pitched. On the season, Romero is 10-9 with a 2.94 ERA, 138 strikeouts, 59 walks, three complete games and one shutout in 159.0 innings over 23 starts. Among league leaders, Romero is ranked sixth in fewest hits allowed per nine innings pitched (7.13), is eighth in ERA and is tied for ninth in strikeouts.

Other noteworthy performances from last week included Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim starting pitcher Ervin Santana (2-0, 17.1 IP, 1.04 ERA, 14 K); Detroit Tigers closer Jose Valverde (4 G, 4 SV); Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis (.321, 4 HR, 6 RBI, 4 BB); New York Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson (.333, 3 2B, 1 3B, 8 RBI); and Boston Red Sox outfielders Carl Crawford (.429, 12 H, 4 2B, 1 HR) and Jacoby Ellsbury (2-for-4, three-run HR, career-high six RBI vs. NYY on August 6th).

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

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