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Verlander AL's Player of the Week

Verlander AL's Player of the Week

DETROIT -- Justin Verlander pitched his way into baseball lore on June 12 when the Tigers' ace pitched a no-hitter against the Brewers.

After striking out 12 in the 112-pitch effort, Verlander came back on Sunday to hold the Phillies to three runs in six innings in a Tigers victory. For that, Verlander has been named the Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week for the period ending June 17.

"It was kind of surreal, to be honest," Verlander said. "The ball's up and I'm thinking, 'Oh my God.' I really didn't know what to think."

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In the first Tigers' no-hitter since Jack Morris accomplished the feat while pitching in Comiskey Park in 1984 -- when Verlander was just one year old -- the 2006 AL Rookie of the Year walked just four and was hitting 100 mph on the gun into the ninth inning.

"After the first couple of innings, I knew I had some good stuff going," Verlander said. "In the bullpen, it really wasn't that good, to be honest. But when I got out on the mound and flipped the switch, I had some pretty good stuff. I had a good fastball with control and I was able to throw my breaking ball and changeup for strikes."

Morris was not upset that his reign over the most recent Tigers' no-hitter had ended and wouldn't be surprised if Tuesday's gem was not the only on Verlander ends up with.

"I'm glad he did it," Morris said of Verlander. "I told all the 50,000 people I talked to today that I won't be shocked if he does it again, because he's got that kind of God-given talent that rarely comes along in baseball."

It was the first no-hitter in Detroit since Virgil Trucks threw one in Briggs Stadium in 1952.

With his two outings this week combined, Verlander pitched 15 innings and held his ERA to 1.80 while striking out 18. He also won the AL Player of the Week award in May 2006.

Others receiving votes included Seattle outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, who batted .516 this week; Devil Rays first baseman Carlos Pena, who hit four doubles, three home runs and drove in nine runs; Justin Morneau of the Twins, who his .368 with three home runs and eight RBIs; and New York's Alex Rodriguez, with his .429 average and 10 RBIs and pitcher Chien-Ming Wang, who won two games and kept his week-long ERA to 1.72.

Bank of America, the Official Bank of Major League Baseball, is the representing sponsor of the American League and National League Player of the Week Awards.

Torneau, the world's largest watch store, will supply Verlander with a luxury Swiss Torneau timepiece, engraved in recognition of his achievement.

Leslie Parker is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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