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09/14/2009 3:49 PM ET
Billy Butler of the Kansas City Royals named the American League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America
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Kansas City Royals first baseman Billy Butler, who led the Majors with 13 hits, has been named the American League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America for the period ending September 13th. Bank of America is the Official Bank of Major League Baseball and the only place where you can get your favorite Club logo on checks, check cards or credit cards. For more information on MLB® banking, visit bankofamerica.com/MLB.

In seven games last week, Billy hit .419 (13-31) with two home runs and an A.L.-best 24 totals bases while leading the Majors with 12 RBI and tying for the M.L. lead with five doubles. Butler also posted a .774 slugging percentage and a .441 on-base percentage. On September 9th, the 23-year-old slugger collected three doubles for the fourth time this season and tacked on two RBI en route to a 5-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium. Butler's four games with three doubles is two more than any other Royals player in any season, and, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, it is the highest single-season total in modern baseball history (since 1900). Butler's 46 doubles this season tie him for second on Kansas City's all-time single-season list, leaving him just nine doubles shy of surpassing Hal McRae's 54 in 1977. Butler currently has a nine-game hitting streak, matching his previous season-high, and currently leads the Royals in batting average (.303), doubles (46) and RBI (80). This marks Billy's second career weekly award, both of which have been achieved this season (previous: 8/10/09).

Other noteworthy performances for the week included New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter, who collected the 2,722nd base hit of his career to pass Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig as the club's all-time leader. Also considered were Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who led the A.L. with three home runs and a .909 slugging percentage, and Butler's teammate Kyle Davies, who posted a perfect 2-0 record with a 0.82 ERA.

Tourneau, the world's largest watch store, will supply Billy Butler with a luxury Swiss Tourneau timepiece, suitably engraved, in recognition of his achievement as the A.L. Player of the Week presented by Bank of America.

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