08/09/2004 4:13 PM ET
Ichiro wins Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week Award
Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, who led the league with 16 hits and 22 total bases, has been named the winner of the Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week for the week of August 2-8.
Bank of America, the official bank of Major League Baseball, is the presenting sponsor of the American League and National League Player of the Week Awards, which reflect the bank's long-standing tradition of promoting and recognizing higher standards of accomplishment.
In seven games last week, Ichiro batted .516 (16-for-31) with a .710 slugging percentage, a .531 on-base percentage, four runs, two doubles, two triples and two RBI. It marked the third week in a row that Ichiro has hit .485 or better. In 21 games since July 19, Ichiro is batting .500 (50-for-100) with 15 multi-hit games, posting three hits or more 10 times. Already with two 50-hit months this season, he has begun August by going 18-for-36 (.500) in the first eight games this month.
Other candidates for the weekly award were: Baltimore's Melvin Mora (.524, 2 HR, 8 RBI); Cleveland's Casey Blake (.414, 1 HR, 5 RBI) and Travis Hafner (.300, 3 HR, 8 RBI); and Hideki Matsui (.435, 3 HR, 9 RBI) and Gary Sheffield (.375, 3 HR, 6 RBI) of the New York Yankees.
Pitchers on this week's ballot included Boston's Curt Schilling (1-0, 2.00 ERA, 1 CG); Kansas City's Brian Anderson (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 SHO); and Minnesota's Carlos Silva (1-0, 1.69 ERA, 16.0 IP).
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