New York, NY - Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga, who had a perfect game taken away on a blown call on what would have been the final out, has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending June 6.
Last Wednesday, Galarraga was one out away from a perfect game when Cleveland's Jason Donald hit a grounder to the right side. Galarraga raced over to cover the bag and received the throw from first baseman Miguel Cabrera a step before Donald got to the base. However, Donald was ruled safe by first base umpire Jim Joyce.
Joyce tearfully apologized to the pitcher for the call after the game as Galarraga finished with a one-hitter, his first career shutout.
This season, Galarraga is 2-1 with a 2.57 earned run average over four games, including three starts.
Others considered for this week's honor included Angels outfielder Torii Hunter, who tied Major League-bests with five doubles and 10 RBI; Boston catcher Victor Martinez, who led the majors with a .600 batting average and a .667 on-base percentage; Seattle outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, who led the A.L. with 13 hits and four stolen bases.