After receiving the most write-in votes for the All-Star Game, even though he wasn't selected to the American League squad, Curtis Granderson received an honor the following week. The Detroit center fielder was named the Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week for the week ending July 15. It was his first weekly award of his career. Granderson hit .500 (8-for-16) with two doubles, a triple, a home run and a stolen base in a four-game series at Seattle to open the second half.
The Tigers split the series against the Mariners and entered Monday holding a half-game lead over the Cleveland Indians in the American League Central. On the year, Granderson is hitting .293 with 13 home runs, 45 RBIs, 69 runs and 10 stolen bases. The 26-year-old has been a catalyst for the Tigers the entire season with his league-leading 55 extra-base hits, four shy of his total last season. Granderson was "stumped" as to how he is ahead of Alex Rodriguez, Magglio Ordonez, Alex Rios and David Ortiz in extra-base hits. The last Tiger to lead the league in extra-base hits was Cecil Fielder, who did it in 1990 with 51 home runs, 25 doubles and a triple. "There is a long way to go, and the hitters that are surrounding me are going to make a push," Granderson told the Detroit Free Press recently. "It's definitely going to be tough." Manger Jim Leyland told the Free Press, "He's missing fewer pitches that he can hit. He's hitting them more often." Granderson also leads the league in triples with 16, his last coming Saturday. He is on pace to break the Tigers' all-time triples record of 26, set by "Wahoo" Sam Crawford in 1914. Tourneau, the world's largest watch store, will supply Granderson with an engraved timepiece recognizing his achievement. Other American League position players receiving consideration were the Yankees' Bobby Abreu (.375 average, .875 slugging percentage, two doubles, two home runs, eight RBIs) and Jorge Posada (.444, 1.000 SLG, two doubles, one home run, two RBIs), Jermaine Dye of the White Sox (.412, .941 SLG, three home runs, five RBIs). The pitchers nominated were Erik Bedard of the Orioles (1-0, 0.00 ERA, seven strikeouts, seven innings) and Johan Santana of the Twins (1-0, 0.00 ERA, eight strikeouts, seven innings).
Drew Davison is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.