August 31, 2009

KC pitcher Greinke wins AL weekly award

Kansas City Royals pitcher Zack Greinke was named Monday the American League Player of the Week.

Greinke won two starts last week with a 1.06 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 17 innings.

Last Wednesday against Cleveland, the right-hander had a career-best 15 strikeouts to set a Royals record for a nine-inning game. He topped Mark Gubicza's mark of 14 set Aug. 27, 1988 against Minnesota.

Sunday, Greinke pitched a one-hit shutout against Seattle. He became just the fourth pitcher since 1900 to follow up a 15-strikeout performance with a one-hitter, joining Vida Blue in 1971, Randy Johnson in 1998 and Pedro Martinez in 1999.

This was the second career weekly award for Greinke, who also won the honor April 20.