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Mariners’ Paxton, Indians’ Lindor recent AL co-Players of the Week

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James Paxton firing to the plate 2014 photo By Elsie Lin on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Francisco Lindor during practice for 2016 World Series Arturo Pardavila III from Hoboken, NJ, USA via wikipedia commons

 

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton and Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor have been named the American League Co-Players of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending May 13th.

Other noteworthy performances last week included All-Star shortstop Manny Machado (.370, 8 R, 4 HR, 11 RBI) of the Baltimore Orioles; 2015 AL Cy Young Award-winner Dallas Keuchel (2-0, 0.60 ERA, 15.0 IP, 12 SO) of the Houston Astros; All-Star outfielder Aaron Judge (.391, 7 R, 3 HR, 12 RBI) of the New York Yankees; and All-Star outfielder Justin Upton (.360, 5 R, 4 HR, 10 RBI) of the Los Angeles Angels.

In recognition of their American League Co-Players of the Week Awards, both James Paxton and Francisco Lindor will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

On Tuesday night against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, Paxton tossed his first career no-hitter and the sixth in Club history to garner his third career Player of the Week Award, last winning in 2017 for the period ending July 30th. Paxton’s outing marked the third no-hitter in the Majors this season, following Sean Manaea of the Oakland Athletics on April 21st and a combined no-hitter by the Los Angeles Dodgers (started by Walker Buehler) on May 4th. All three no-hitters this season have occurred in different countries: Paxton in Toronto, Canada, the Dodgers in Monterrey, Mexico and Manaea in Oakland, California. Paxton, a native of Ladner, Canada, is the second Canadian-born pitcher in Major League history to record a no-hitter, and the first to do so on his native country’s soil. Dick Fowler of the Philadelphia Athletics logged the first on September 9, 1945 against the St. Louis Browns. In his previous outing on May 2nd against the Oakland Athletics, the University of Kentucky product registered 16 strikeouts across 7.0 innings pitched. James is the first AL pitcher to record a 16-strikeout game and a no-hitter in the same season since Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers accomplished the feat in the same contest on May 1, 1991 against Toronto. In his final start of the week yesterday against the Detroit Tigers, the hard-throwing lefty logged his sixth quality start on the season after tossing 6.0 innings of three-run ball with four strikeouts. Paxton has not surrendered more than three earned runs in seven-of-nine starts this season.

Lindor posted a slash line of .600/.652/1.400 with eight runs scored, four doubles, four home runs and five RBI across five games played to earn his second consecutive AL Player of the Week Award. Following his first career honor last week, the Puerto Rico native is the first player in team history to win consecutive awards, and the first in the Majors since J.D. Martinez, who accomplished the feat with the Arizona Diamondbacks last season for the weeks ending September 10th and September 16th. On Saturday against the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field, Lindor batted 4-for-4 with four runs scored, a pair of doubles, two home runs and two RBI to lead the Indians to a 6-2 victory. The 24-year-old became the first Indians leadoff hitter to tally four extra-base hits in a single game since current Tribe skipper Terry Francona’s father, Tito, on July 3, 1954 against the Chicago White Sox. In addition, Lindor became just the third player in franchise history to tally at least four runs scored, four hits, two doubles and two home runs in a single contest, joining Kelly Shoppach (July 30, 2008) and Joe Carter (September 6, 1986). In the midst of a career-best 14-game hitting streak dating back to April 29th, the eighth overall selection in the 2011 MLB Draft ranks first among AL leaders in hits (26), doubles (8), home runs (8), extra-base hits and runs scored (17) in the month of May.