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Posts Tagged ‘Game Time.’

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

Reds’ Bruce named National League Player of the Week

 

Jay Bruce (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Cincinnati Reds right fielder Jay Bruce, who is having another good season, has won the National League Player of the Week award for the second time this season.

He also enjoyed this distinction back in May and has won the award three times in four years.

Bruce has set career highs this year in homers with 26 and RBI’s with 74.

Bruce, the Reds 12th overall selection in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, led all Major League players in RBI’s (15), total bases (28) and slugging percentage (1.120) last week which ended on August 7th. The 24-year-old Texan also tied for the lead in home runs (5) and in runs scored (9).

Bruce also ranked in the top five among NL hitters in batting average (.440), hits (11) and on-base percentage (.481).

For his achievement, Bruce will receive a watch from Game Time.

 

Info courtesy of MLBpressbox.com & Cincinnati Reds news

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

Reds’ Votto named NL Player of the Week

 

Reds 1B Joey Votto (file photo)

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto has been selected as the National League Player of the Week for the period of July 25-31.

For earning the NL Player of the Week award, Votto will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.

In seven games last week, Votto hit .385 (10-for-26) and led the National League with 24 total bases. The reigning N.L. MVP tied for the league lead in home runs (4), RBI’s (9) and runs scored (7) for the week, and ranked second in slugging percentage (.923) while posting a .467 on-base percentage. Votto collected base hits in every game he started.

Votto had four multi-hit performances and three multi-RBI games during the week. The Canadian-born All-Star belted home runs in three straight games from July 26th-28th, marking the second time in his career he has homered in three straight games which previously happened September 3-5, 2008.

Votto leads the N.L. currently in walks (74) and on-base percentage (.428), and has the league’s fourth-best batting average (.319)

This is Votto’s second career weekly award, having won previously for the week of September 21-27, 2009.

 

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Info courtesy of MLBpressbox.com

Pirates’ Karstens NL Player of the Week

 

Jeff Karstens (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jeff Karstens was named National League Player of the Week for the period ending July 17th.

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

The 19th round pick in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft of the New York Yankees, has issued just 20 walks in over 110 innings this season,ranking fourth in the N.L. with the fewest walks per nine innings (1.642), trailing Philadelphia Phillies pitchers Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels and St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Kyle Lohse.

This is Karsten’s first career N.L. Player of the Week honor.

 

Info courtesy of MLB.com

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