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07/17/2006 3:34 PM ET
Oakland A's Mark Kotsay named Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week
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Oakland Athletics outfielder Mark Kotsay has been named Bank of America Presents the American League Players of the Week for the period ending July 16th. 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 Bank of America's long-standing tradition of promoting and recognizing higher standards of accomplishment.

Kotsay batted .556 (10-18) with a .772 slugging percentage, three doubles, five RBI and 13 total bases during Oakland's four-game set at Fenway Park following the All-Star break. In Friday's game, Mark went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, two RBI and a stolen base. On Sunday, Kotsay went 4-for-5 with a run scored and three RBI. Kotsay, the winner of the 1996 Golden Spikes Award as the nation's top amateur player after leading Cal State-Fullerton to the College World Series Championship, is currently batting .263 with six home runs and 35 RBI on the season. This is the first weekly award for Kotsay, who has been a Major Leaguer since 1997, and it is the first by an Oakland player this year.

Other candidates considered were Texas Rangers teammates Mark DeRosa (.467, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI) and Mark Teixeira (.308, 3 HR, 8 RBI); Angels outfielder Vladimir Guerrero (7-for-11, 2 HR, 6 RBI); and Detroit outfielder Marcus Thames (.308, 1 3B, 2 HR, 8 RBI). Angels pitcher John Lackey also received consideration (1- 0, 9.0 IP, 0 R, 10 SO).

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