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09/12/2011 4:00 PM ET
C.J. Wilson of the Texas Rangers named the Americal League Player of the Week
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Starting pitcher C.J. Wilson of the Texas Rangers has been named American League Player of the Week for the period ending September 11th. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

In a pair of starts, Wilson went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA, 17 strikeouts, four walks and one shutout in 17.0 innings to capture his first career A.L. Player of the Week Award. The 30-year-old is the first Texas left-hander to garner the weekly honor since Kenny Rogers tossed a perfect game in 1994, and he joins Michael Young (period ending June 26th) as the second Ranger to take home the award this season. Among Major League leaders, the seven-year veteran was second in innings pitched and was tied for third in strikeouts. On September 6th at Tropicana Field, Wilson scattered five hits and struck out six as the Rangers blanked the Tampa Bay Rays, 8-0, for the first shutout of his professional career. The 117-pitch outing was the second straight victory over the Rays for Wilson, who improved to 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in three starts against Tampa Bay this season. The 2011 All-Star became the first left-hander in club history (and the first Rangers hurler since Aaron Sele in 1998-99) to notch consecutive seasons with 15 wins. Additionally, it was the 18th shutout of the year for Texas, besting their previous club mark set in 1977, and it is the most in the A.L. since the Oakland Athletics had 19 in 2002. In his next start against Oakland on Sunday, the California native allowed five hits and struck out 11 in 8.0 shutout innings to lead Texas to an 8-1 triumph in Arlington. Wilson became the first Rangers pitcher since current club President and CEO Nolan Ryan in 1991 to record 10-or-more strikeouts six times in a season. It was the third straight victory for the Loyola Marymount product and it established a new career high with 16 on the season. In seven starts since August 12th, the fifth round pick in the 2001 First-Year Player Draft has a Major League-best six wins (6-1 overall) with a 1.89 ERA, 44 strikeouts and 12 walks in 47.2 innings. For the season, Wilson is tied for first in starts (31), tied for third in wins, sixth in strikeouts (190), eighth in innings pitched (209.0) and ninth in ERA (3.01).

Other noteworthy performances last week included Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (.406, 5 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI) and infielder Marco Scutaro (.464, 4 2B, 1 HR, 11 RBI); Detroit Tigers right-hander Doug Fister (2-0, 0.60 ERA, 15.0 IP, 18 K) and closer Jose Valverde (4 G, 3 SV, franchise-record 43rd save on Sunday); Tampa Bay right-hander James Shields (2-0, 1.04 ERA, 17.1 IP, 11 K); and Angels right-hander Dan Haren (2-0, 1.80 ERA, SHO vs. Yankees on September 10th).

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

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