Kluber claims AL Player of the Week honor

Kluber claims AL Player of the Week honor

As his breakout season continues, Indians starter Corey Kluber has racked up an additional accolade -- being named the American League Player of the Week for Sept. 15-21.

It's the second time in his career Kluber has received the award (June 16, 2013) and the fourth time this season an Indians player has been honored.

Kluber went 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA last week, walking three and striking out a Major League-best 28 hitters in 15 innings. He led the league in innings pitched and was tied for first in wins.

On Tuesday, against the Astros, Kluber gave up one run on seven hits and struck out a career-best 14 over seven innings. He became the seventh pitcher to rack up 14 strikeouts this year and the first Tribe pitcher with 14 or more since Bartolo Colon on May 29, 1998. Kluber was just the second pitcher in team history to do so in seven or fewer innings (Sam McDowell in six innings on Sept. 18, 1966).

Kluber struck out two in each frame, becoming just the second pitcher in the Majors since 2008 to toss at least seven multi-strikeout innings in the same game.

Kluber was back at it Sunday, holding the Twins to two runs on seven hits with 14 more strikeouts over eight innings. He's the ninth pitcher all-time (and second Cleveland hurler, joining McDowell) with at least 14 strikeouts in consecutive starts -- and the first since Randy Johnson in 2001.

Kluber's 17 wins are the most by an Indians pitcher since Cliff Lee in 2008 and the most by a Tribe right-hander since Roberto Hernandez in '07.

Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.