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06/22/09 3:19 PM ET
Upton named AL Player of the Week
Center fielder receives honor for second time in career
By Tom Singer / MLB.com
Tampa Bay's B.J. Upton, who led all American Leaguers with nine RBIs, was chosen the American League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America for the period ending Sunday. Upton went 12-for-28 (.429) in the six games he played during the week, with three doubles and a pair of home runs. He also stole two bases for a season total of 26, third in the Majors behind teammate Carl Crawford (36) and Boston's Jacoby Ellsbury (29). In Sunday's 10-6 Interleague victory over the Mets, Upton finished a triple short of the cycle for the second time in the week. He had also fallen short in Tuesday's game against the Rockies in Denver. Upton had previously earned weekly honors for the period ending July 23, 2007. Other notable performers of the week were Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (nine runs to lead the league); Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler (league-best three homers); Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez (14 strikeouts in 16 1/3 innings, including a shutout); Twins outfielder Michael Cuddyer (four multihit games); and Red Sox ace Josh Beckett (five-hit shutout).
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.