Angels right-hander Dan Haren has been one of the league's most impressive pitchers through the season's early going. This past week, however, he was just downright filthy, and he has been honored for his stellar play by being named the American League Co-Player of the Week, along with Rays outfielder Johnny Damon. Haren earned the award after going a perfect 2-0 this past week and striking out 14 batters in 15 1/3 innings. In his two starts, he held opposing batters to a .148 batting average while issuing only two walks.
On April 12, he notched his third career shutout, a one-hit gem in a 2-0 win over the Indians. The 30-year-old became 11th Angels pitcher to throw a one-hitter and the first since John Lackey in 2006. On Sunday, Haren allowed two runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings to lead the Angels to a 4-2 win over the White Sox in Chicago. This is Haren's first career weekly award, and he becomes the first Angels pitcher to earn the honor since Francisco Rodriguez on Aug. 25, 2008. The 37-year-old Damon recorded two walk-off hits and five consecutive game-winning RBIs this past week, leading the Rays to a 5-1 record. In six games this week, Damon hit .375 with two home runs, four runs scored and a league-best 11 RBIs. He also had 15 total bases, as well as a .625 slugging percentage and a .400 on-base percentage. Damon began the week by returning to Boston, going 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs against his former team in a 16-5 blowout of the Red Sox. He also had another successful series opener this week, recording his first walk-off hit of the week with a two-run homer in the 10th inning to give the Rays a 4-3 win against the Twins. His second walk-off hit came two days later, when he hit a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth to give Tampa Bay another 4-3 win.