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Jackson, Quentin earn weekly honor

Jackson, Quentin earn weekly honor

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White Sox outfielder Carlos Quentin and D-backs right-hander Edwin Jackson were recognized for their stellar play on Monday, when they were named the Players of the Week presented by Bank of America in their respective leagues. Quentin earned the American League honors by driving in 11 runs, while Jackson took home the National League hardware by virtue of throwing a no-hitter.

Jackson, who made just one start last week, threw his no-hitter on Friday against Tampa Bay. And it was hardly a garden-variety no-no: Jackson walked eight batters, the third-highest walk total in the history of no-hitters. The right-hander threw 149 pitches -- the highest total in no-hitter history -- and became just the fourth pitcher since 1950 to throw a no-hitter against one of his former teams.

Quentin, meanwhile, has been a huge factor in his team's extended winning streak. Quentin drove in 11 runs in six games played, and he helped spark the White Sox to an 11-game winning streak. The outfielder batted .389 (7-for-18) and delivered five extra-base hits. Quentin also scored five runs and posted a .522 on-base percentage and a 1.111 slugging mark last week.

Both Jackson and Quentin qualified as a first-time Player of the Week, and both players will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches. Quentin, who had three multihit and three three-RBI games last week, edged out Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton and Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez en route to the Player of the Week designation.

Jackson, whose no-hitter was just the second in Arizona's franchise history, was chosen over an even deeper group that included teammates Justin Upton and Rodrigo Lopez. A trio of Phillies (Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth and Jamie Moyer) and three Reds (Jay Bruce, Brandon Phillips and Scott Rolen) were also considered for the award, as were several other players.

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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