Dye wins AL Player of the Week
White Sox outfielder nets honor with stellar Interleague play
TORONTO -- A veteran of 13 big league seasons, Jermaine Dye has seen it all. That's why the White Sox slugger is not at all surprised by the way he's been swinging the bat lately.
During last week's Interleague Play, Dye terrorized National League pitchers by hitting .417 (10-for-24) while launching five home runs and 13 RBIs. The 34-year-old right fielder, who also clubbed three doubles and scored 10 runs, posted a gaudy 1.167 slugging percentage during the six-game span.
On Monday, Dye was rewarded for his efforts. He was named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending June 22.
Dye's recent success at the plate has seemed like business as usual for the Chicago slugger.
"I've been on rolls like this before,'' Dye told the Chicago Daily Herald over the weekend. "You just try not to think about it and go up there and approach every at-bat differently and try to see the ball and hit it hard somewhere.''
Dye's hot week began with an Interleague series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. During the three-game set, Dye went 5-for-11 at the plate with three home runs and nine RBIs, helping the Sox sweep the Pirates.
His best performance came in Chicago's 13-8 victory over Pittsburgh at U.S. Cellular Field on Thursday. Dye blasted two home runs -- one of which was a grand slam -- on his way to collecting a season-high six RBIs.
"It was probably one of my better days," Dye told the Associated Press after the game. "This ballpark is a good hitter's park, even though early and late it gets cold and the ball doesn't travel -- so when it does heat up, you have to take advantage of it."
Dye was able to continue his hot-streak into a weekend series against the crosstown rival Cubs, batting 5-for-13 with two home runs and four RBIs. The White Sox slugger has now hit six home runs in his past seven games for a total of 16 on the year.
The AL honor marks Dye's fifth career weekly award.
Also considered for AL Player of the Week were Boston's Dustin Pedroia (.500, .808 SLG, 5 2B), Oakland's Kurt Suzuki (.500, .900 SLG, 2 2B, 3 3B, 10 RBI) and Baltimore's Aubrey Huff (.450, 1.150 SLG, 4 HR, 6 RBI). Justin Duchscherer (2-0, 1.15 ERA, 15 2/3 innings, 9 SO) of the Athletics and Andy Pettitte (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 13 innings, 13 SO) of the Yankees also received consideration.
Tourneau, the world's largest watch store, will supply Dye with a luxury Swiss Tourneau timepiece, suitably engraved, in recognition of his achievement as AL Player of the Week.
Bank of America, the Official Bank of Major League Baseball, is the presenting sponsor of the AL and NL Player of the Week Awards, which reflect the company's long-standing tradition of recognizing higher standards of accomplishment. Colorado's Jeff Baker won this week's NL award.
David Singh is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.