Erick Aybar's impressive week at the plate earned the Angels shortstop the first weekly honor of his career. Aybar and Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander were named co-American League Players of the Week, Major League Baseball announced Monday. Aybar was one of the hottest hitters in the game for the week ending Sept. 18, hitting .455 (10-for-22) with four doubles, three homers, five RBIs and eight runs scored.
Aybar finished tied for first in the AL in runs scored and total bases (23), was second in slugging percentage (1.045) and tied for second in doubles and homers. After going 2-for-3 with a double in the Halos' 6-3 win against the A's on Tuesday, Aybar went 4-for-4 with a walk, two doubles, two homers and five runs scored in an 11-2 rout of the Orioles on Sunday. It was Aybar's first career multihomer game, and he scored the most runs by an Angel in a single game since Tim Salmon also scored five on April 12, 1998. Verlander continued his dominant season this past week, striking out 12 batters in 15 shutout innings to earn his third AL Player of the Week Award of the season. Verlander improved to 24-5 on Sunday, becoming baseball's first 24-game winner since Randy Johnson in 2002.