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05/18/09 3:38 PM ET

Halladay named AL Player of Week

Ace righty goes 2-0 with 1.13 ERA for first-place Jays

Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay, who crowned his week by becoming the Major League's first eight-game winner, was chosen as the American League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America for the period ending Sunday.

Halladay went 2-0 last week with a 1.13 ERA to keep the Jays atop the AL East.

Doc's week began on Tuesday with his first complete game of the season, a 5-1 victory over the Yankees, and concluded with Sunday's seven-inning effort in an 8-2 victory over the White Sox.

In-between, Halladay observed his 32nd birthday, on May 14, but obviously isn't conceding anything to age. The 2003 AL Cy Young Award winner is 8-1 with a 2.78 ERA and has 57 strikeouts in a Major League-high 68 innings.

The weekly award is the third of Halladay's career. He was also honored for weeks ending Sept. 7, 2003, and May 15, 2006.

Other noteworthy performances under consideration for the award were turned in by Cleveland's Shin-Soo Choo, whose nine RBIs led the AL; Minnesota first baseman Justin Morneau, who led the AL with 20 total bases and four home runs; shortstop Jason Bartlett of the Rays; and Tigers outfielder Miguel Cabrera, who collected five extra-base hits and eight RBIs.

Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.