09/22/2003 5:24 PM ET
New York's Soriano named American League Pepsi Player of the Week
New York Yankees second baseman Alfonso Soriano, who led the league in four offensive categories last week, has been named American League Pepsi Player of the Week for the period of September 15-21.
Soriano paced the American League in home runs (five), slugging percentage (1.032), hits (14), and total bases (32) last week. In seven games, the two-time All-Star batted .452 (14-for-31) with six runs, three doubles, and nine RBI. Last week, Soriano became the sixth Major Leaguer ever to record back-to-back "30-30" seasons. On Friday at Tampa Bay, he tied the Major League record by hitting his 12th home run of the season to lead off a game, matching the mark set by Baltimore's Brady Anderson in 1996. This is the second weekly award of the season for Soriano, who also won for the opening week of the 2003 campaign. For the season, he is batting .291 with 108 runs, 34 home runs, 84 RBI, and 34 stolen bases.
Other candidates for the award were Anaheim's Tim Salmon (.458, 2 HR, 7 RBI); Kansas City's Joe Randa (.393, 2 HR, 11 RBI); Minnesota's A.J. Pierzynski (AL-best .500, 1 HR, 3 RBI); and Alex Rodriguez (.321, 4 HR, 8 RBI) and Mark Teixeira (.400, 3 HR, 10 RBI) of Texas.
Pitchers on the weekly ballot were Boston's Pedro Martinez (2-0, 1.13 ERA, AL-best 17 SO); Brian Anderson (2-0, 2.76 ERA, 1 CG) of the Royals; Brad Radke (2-0, 1.29 ERA) of the Twins; Roger Clemens (2-0, 1.29 ERA) and Andy Pettitte (2-0, 1.38 ERA) of the Yankees; Oakland's Ted Lilly (2-0, 0.00 ERA); and Toronto's Roy Halladay (1-0, six-hit shutout).
Soriano will receive a Tourneau luxury Swiss timepiece as the AL Pepsi Player of the Week.