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07/16/2007 3:57 PM ET
Detroit's Curtis Granderson named Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week
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Detroit Tigers outfielder Curtis Granderson has been named the Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week for the period ending July 15. 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 company's long-standing tradition of recognizing achievements that inspire us all to seize opportunities to perform at our very best.

For the week, Granderson hit .500 (8-16) with two doubles, a triple and a home run. The 26-year-old slugged .938 and drove in two runs during Detroit's four-game series at Seattle, which Detroit split 2-2. In yesterday's win he went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and a stolen base. On the season, Curtis is hitting .293 with 13 home runs and 45 RBI, along with 10 stolen bases and 69 runs scored. This marks the first career weekly award for Granderson.

Others receiving consideration were Bobby Abreu (.375, .875 SLG. 2 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI) and Jorge Posada (.444, 1.000 SLG. 2 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI) of the New York Yankees and Jermaine Dye (.412, .941 SLG. 3 HR, 5 RBI) of the Chicago White Sox. Erik Bedard (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7 SO, 7.0 IP) of the Baltimore Orioles and Johan Santana (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7.0 IP, 8 SO) of the Minnesota Twins were among the pitchers nominated.

Tourneau, the world's largest watch store, will supply Curtis Granderson with a luxury Swiss Tourneau timepiece, suitably engraved, in recognition of his achievement as player of the week.

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