Third baseman Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays and Jonathan Sanchez of the San Francisco Giants were named the Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week for the period ending June 29th. Evan hit .433 (13-30) with five doubles, three home runs and 10 RBI. The 22-year-old rookie posted a .900 slugging percentage along with a .438 on-base percentage. During a three-game Interleague series against the Florida Marlins, Longoria went 7-for-16 with two home runs and six RBI. Then, on June 27th against Pittsburgh, the third overall selection in the first round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft went 4-for-5 with a homer, three RBI and three runs scored. The product of Long Beach State University is batting .270 with 15 home runs and 47 RBI on the season. This marks the first career weekly award for Longoria and he becomes the second Ray to win honors this season, joining pitcher James Shields (4/28). Last week, Sanchez went 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA, tossing 14.2 innings in which he allowed two earned runs on nine hits. The 25-year-old southpaw hurler ranked second in innings pitched and tied for second with 14 strikeouts. On June 24th at Cleveland, the native of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico tossed 7.2 innings, allowing one earned run on five hits and striking out eight batters. Then, on June 29th at Oakland, Sanchez threw 7.0 innings, allowing one earned run on four hits and striking out six. The third-year Major Leaguer has recorded eight strikeouts in three of his June starts (others: 6/2 vs. NY and 6/17 vs. DET) and twice this season has struck out 10 batters (4/9 vs. SD and 4/25 vs. CIN). Sanchez, a first-time weekly award recipient, is 8-4 with a 3.79 ERA with 102 strikeouts in his 102.0 innings across 17 starts this year.
Longoria, Sanchez Take Home Weekly Honors