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Santana named AL Co-Player of Week

Santana named AL Co-Player of Week

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Santana named AL Co-Player of Week
Ervin Santana's no-hitter on Wednesday earned him American League Co-Player of the Week honors alongside Kansas City's Billy Butler for the period ending Sunday.

Santana tossed the ninth no-hitter in Angels history against the Cleveland Indians in a 3-1 victory. He threw 105 pitches and struck out a season-high 10 while walking one. It was the first no-hitter thrown at Progressive Field since its inception in 1994, and was just the fourth no-hitter since '69 (in the divisional era) that did not also produce a shutout.

Santana, 28, became the first Halos pitcher to toss a no-no since Mark Langston and Mike Witt combined to hold the Mariners hitless on April 11, 1990. No Angels pitcher had achieved the feat solo since Witt threw a perfect game against Texas on Sept. 30, 1984.

There have been three no-hitters this season. Minnesota's Francisco Liriano threw one on May 3 against the White Sox, while Detroit's Justin Verlander did it on May 7 vs. the Blue Jays.

Santana (6-8, 3.47 ERA) has never previously won a Player of the Week award.

Butler hit .406 with five homers to earn his third weekly award.

Evan Drellich is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @EvanDrellich. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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