No-hit masterpiece earns Fiers AL POW nod

No-hit masterpiece earns Fiers AL POW nod

Astros starter Mike Fiers has been named the American League Player of the Week after delivering the club's first individual no-hitter since 1993.

It was the 11th no-hitter in Astros history (the most recent coming in June 2003 when six pitchers combined for the feat) and first in Minute Maid Park history. Houston's last single-pitcher no-hitter came on Sept. 8, 1993, when Darryl Kile no-hit the Mets.

It is Fiers' first career weekly honor.

The no-no was also Fiers' first career complete game, as he logged a career-high 134 pitches -- the most by an Astros starter since Scott Elarton threw 134 in a complete-game win on Aug. 27, 2000.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Fiers is the first pitcher since Jim Bibby in 1973 to throw a no-hitter after changing teams midseason (Bibby threw his with the Rangers after being acquired from the Cardinals). Fiers is also the first pitcher since Hideo Nomo of the Red Sox in 2001 to earn his first win with a team on a no-hitter.

Fiers joins left-handed pitcher Dallas Keuchel (July 13-19) and second baseman Jose Altuve (May 19-25) as the third Astros player to win a Player of the Week Award this season. The last time the Astros had three players win a Player of the Week Award in the same season was in 2008, when right-handed pitcher Roy Oswalt, third baseman Ty Wigginton, outfielder Carlos Lee and first baseman Lance Berkman (twice) all received National League Player of the Week honors.

In recognition of his AL Player of the Week Award, Fiers will be awarded an engraved watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. Joey Nowak contributed to this story. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.