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08/22/2011 4:27 PM ET
Jim Thome of the Minnesota Twins named the American League Player of the Week
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Minnesota Twins designated hitter Jim Thome has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending August 21st. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

On Monday, August 15th at Comerica Park, Thome became just the eighth player in Major League history to reach the 600- home run club when he belted an opposite-field, three-run shot in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers, boosting the Twins in an eventual 9-6 victory. It was the second homer of the night for the left-handed-hitting slugger, who became the first player to hit home run numbers 599 and 600 in consecutive at-bats after breaking the 3-3 tie in the previous inning by launching a two-run blast. It was the 48th multi-homer game of Thome's 21-year career, second most among active players (behind only Alex Rodriguez) and the seventh most all-time. The five-time All-Star finished the game with three hits and five RBI in four plate appearances. At 40 years, 353 days old, Thome became the oldest player to reach the exclusive home run plateau, but according to the Elias Sports Bureau, did so in the second fewest at-bats ever (8,167), trailing only Babe Ruth (6,921). On Wednesday, the 13th round pick in the 1989 First- Year Player Draft (Cleveland Indians) went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI as the Twins tripped up the Tigers, 6-5. The Peoria, Illinois native put the Twins on the board in the second inning with his 12th home run of the season and the 66th of his career against Detroit. With the victory, Minnesota took two-of-three against the A.L. Central leaders for their first series win against the Tigers this season. It was the Twins' first series win against any club since taking two-of-three against the Texas Rangers from July 26th- 28th in Arlington. On the week, Thome batted .429 (6-for-14) with three home runs, seven RBI and four runs scored in five games, finishing tied for first in the A.L. in homers and tied for third in the league in RBI. This is Jim's eighth career Player of the Week honor (last accomplished on July 6, 2010) and his sixth as an American Leaguer.

Other noteworthy performances from this past week include a pair of Toronto Blue Jays All-Stars, slugger Jose Bautista (.471, 2 HR, 7 R, 10 BB, 1.000 SLG) and the August 8th weekly winner, left-hander Ricky Romero (1-0, SHO, 3 H, 6 K at Oakland on August 18th); Tigers catcher Alex Avila (.526, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, .947 SLG); Angels center fielder Peter Bourjos (.500, 3 HR, 6 RBI, .900 SLG); New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (.452, 14 H, 5 RBI, .485 OBP), first baseman Mark Teixeira (.304, 3 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 6 R, 8 BB) and center fielder Curtis Granderson (.385, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 7 R, .769 SLG); and Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland (.458, 3 HR, 8 RBI, .833 SLG).

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

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