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09/06/2011 3:54 PM ET
Austin Jackson of the Detroit Tigers named the American League Player of the Week
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Detroit Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending September 4th. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

In seven games last week, Jackson batted .529 (18-for-34) with three doubles, three triples, two home runs, five RBI and 13 runs scored en route to winning his first career weekly honor. The 24-year-old led the Major Leagues in batting average, hits, triples, runs scored and total bases (33), and he finished tops among his A.L. counterparts in slugging percentage (.971) and on-base percentage (.543). On August 31st, Jackson went 4-for-4 with a double, a triple and three runs scored as the Tigers edged the Kansas City Royals, 5-4, at Comerica Park. With the Tigers trailing 4-2 in the eighth inning, the Texas native tripled to deep right-center field, his fourth hit of the ballgame, fueling a three-run rally in a win that helped Detroit maintain a 5.5-game lead in the A.L. Central. The next night, Jackson added a dose of power to his game with a sixth-inning, two-run home run to give the Tigers an 8-6 lead before falling to Kansas City late, 11-8. The eighth round pick in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft (by the Yankees) added a double and scored two runs in the losing effort. In Friday's series opener against the Chicago White Sox in Detroit, Jackson launched a two-run homer as part of a five-run fifth inning as the Tigers shut down the Sox, 8-1. It marked the first time in his career that Jackson homered in consecutive games. On Saturday afternoon, Jackson again proved to be a catalyst, this time in the largest Tigers comeback in three seasons. The speedy leadoff hitter collected four hits, including a pair of triples, along with an RBI and two runs scored as the Tigers defeated the White Sox in walk-off fashion, 9-8. With one out in the ninth inning, Austin lined a three-bagger into the left field corner and later came in to score on a Ryan Raburn blast to knot the score at eight. Rounding out the week on Sunday, Jackson went 2-for-5 with a double, a walk and three runs scored as the Tigers rolled, 18-2, to complete a three-game sweep of Chicago. Jackson finished the White Sox series batting .600 (9-for-15) with four extra-base hits, three RBI and seven runs scored. The A.L's triples leader (11) had five straight multi-run games, the longest such stretch of his career.

Other noteworthy performances last week included Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim shortstop Erick Aybar (.409, 2 2B, 2 3B); Royals rookie first baseman Eric Hosmer (.440, 3 HR, 7 RBI); and Oakland Athletics right-hander Brandon McCarthy (1-1, 1.06 ERA, 20 K, 1 BB, 2 CG, SHO vs. Seattle on September 3rd).

The winner of the American League Player of the Week, Austin Jackson, will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at

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