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LA Angels’ Weaver named American League Player of the Week

 

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitcher Jered Weaver, who tossed the first no-hitter of his career last Wednesday and the second in the Majors this season, has been named American League Player of the Week in recognition of his accomplishment for the period ending May 6th.

This is Weaver’s first career Player of the Week honor.

Jared Weaver (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

In recognition of his American League Player of the Week Award, Jered Weaver will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.

Weaver, Northridge, California native and a two-time A.L. All-Star, needed 121 pitches to shut down the Minnesota Twins, 9-0, in the ninth individual no-hitter in Angels history and the 10th overall. It was the first no-no for the Angels since Ervin Santana blanked the Cleveland Indians on July 27, 2011 at Progressive Field, and it was the first gem by an Angels starter at home since Mark Langston and Mike Witt combined to no-hit the Seattle Mariners on April 11, 1990.

Against Minnesota, the 6’7” right-hander threw 16 first-pitch strikes en route to a season-high nine strikeouts while issuing his lone walk to Josh Willingham in the seventh inning. The Twins’ only other baserunner came in the second when Chris Parmelee reached first base safely on a passed ball following a strikeout. The victory helped the Long Beach State product improve to 4-0 with a 1.61 ERA on the season.

The 29-year-old Weaver is a 2-time All-Star with a career record of 86-47, an ERA of 3.24, 1,022 strikeouts, 10 complete games, 5 shutouts and was the MLB strikeout leader in 2010.

 

Info compiled from the Los Angeles Angels & MLBpressbox.com

A’s Matsui recent A.L. Player of the Week

 

Hideki Matsui (file photo)

Oakland Athletics designated hitter Hideki Matsui was named a recent American League Player of the Week for the period ending July 24th.

Matsui will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.

In five games during the honored period, Matsui batted a Major League-leading .571 (12-for-21) with two doubles, two home runs, seven RBI’s and four runs scored en route to winning his fourth career A.L. Player of the Week Award, his first since June 20, 2005.

Matsui becomes the second Athletic to win the award in July, joining teammate Gio Gonzalez, who won co-honors with Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista on July 5th. In addition to leading MLB in batting average, the 37-year-old led both leagues with a .591 on-base percentage and finished second with a .592 slugging percentage.

Among A.L. leaders, Matsui tied for first in hits, was tied for second in RBI’s and finished third with 20 total bases. In Detroit, the left-handed slugger went 3-for-4 with a run scored and three RBI as he blasted his 500th career homer in pro baseball to lead the A’s over the Tigers in Comerica Park. Matsui’s sixth-inning solo shot snapped a 24-game homerless streak, his longest in four seasons, and became the first player to combine for 500 homers in the Major Leagues and Japan.

A native of Ishikawa, Japan, Matsui has 169 homers in nine MLB seasons and compiled 332 homers in 10 years with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan’s Central League from 1993-2002.

 

Info courtesy of MLBpressbox.com

Orioles’ Markakis named AL Player of the Week

 

Nick Markakis (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Baltimore Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending July 17th.

Markakis will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.

In four baseball games last week, Markakis batted .429 (6-for-14) with two doubles, two home runs, four RBI’s and five runs scored on his way to earning his first career A.L. Player of the Week honor, the first Oriole to be awarded the award since Luke Scott on July 25, 2010.

The six-year veteran tied for first in the league in home runs, runs scored and slugging percentage (1.000), and was second with 14 total bases.

The 27-year-old reached a career milestone during a Friday game against the Cleveland Indians at Camden Yards, collecting his 1,000th career hit with a third-inning single to become the 14th player to reach that plateau with the Orioles.

Markakis is the seventh overall pick in the first round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft.

 

Info courtesy of  MLBpressbox.com

Rays’ Hellickson voted Gillette Presents AL Rookie of the Month for May

 

Jeremy Hellickson (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson has been voted the May recipient of the Gillette presents American League Rookie of the Month Award.

Hellickson received a specially designed trophy to commemorate his Rookie of the Month performance.

Hellickson, who was also selected as the A.L. Pitcher of the Month for May, went 4-1 with a 1.36 ERA over five starts during the month. The 24-year-old right-hander led all Major League rookies and tied for fourth overall in the Majors for wins during the month.

Hellickson’s 1.36 ERA, which ranked second among starters in the Majors behind Boston’s Josh Beckett (1.00), is the second-lowest May ERA in Tampa Bay Rays club history behind Scott Kazmir (1.22 in 2008) and the third-lowest ERA of any month in club history. In 33.0 innings, Jeremy gave up six runs (five earned) on 19 hits with 15 walks and 23 strikeouts while holding opposing batters to a .168 mark.

The Des Moines, Iowa native opened the month with 14.0 scoreless innings in two starts against the Baltimore Orioles.

Hellickson was selected by the Rays in the fourth round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft.

 

Info courtesy of MLBpressbox.com

Two wins in a row for National League; Fielder, pitching stars

 

(courtesy of Arizona Diamondbacks & MLBpressbox.com)

The National League, the past two All-Star Games, have show the same formula it displayed in the 1970′s and 80′s, pitching, speed, defense and power-hitting.

Prince Fielder supplied the power with a three-run homer, Roy Halladay and the relief corp shut the AL on a six-hitter to lead the National League to a 5-1 win at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona.

This is the first two-game winning streak by the National League since the mid-1990′s. The National League’s best run since taking three in a row from 1994-96. They had lost 12 straight games before winning 3-1 at Anaheim in 2010.

The senior circuit claimed home-field advantage in the World Series.

Adrian Gonzalez supplied the only A.L. run with a homer off of Cliff Lee to give the American League a 1-0 lead that didn’t last long.

The home runs by Fielder and Gonzalez were the first in the All-Star Game since 2008 when J.D. Drew belted one at Yankee Stadium.

Tyler Clippard earned the win despite giving up a single to the only batter he faced, Adrian Beltre, which got Jose Bautista thrown out at the plate. He was followed by Clayton Kershaw, Jair Jurrgens, Craig Kimbrall, Jonny Venters, Heath Bell, Joel Hanrahan and Brian Wilson who turned out the lights on the junior circuit.

Texas’ lefty C.J. Wilson, who gave up the home run to Fielder, which bounced off the yellow line in left-center field and out of the park, was the loser.

Fielder, who always seems to have a frown on his face, was all smiles during the game. He won the MVP award after becoming the first Brewers player to hit a home run in an All-Star Game.

With players on both sides dropping out due to various injuries, the total was 16.

 

compiled from MLB, Arizona Diamondbacks & Milwaukee Brewers news

 

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