New York, NY (Sports Network) - Cleveland Indians pitcher Jake Westbrook was named the American League Player of the Week Monday for his efforts during the period ending April 25.
Westbrook was one of only two AL pitchers with a complete game victory last week, having also thrown seven perfect innings of relief against the Tigers last Monday. In that contest, Westbrook came in with Cleveland down 4-0 in the top of the first and went on to retire 21 batters in a row.
He posted a 1-0 record with a 1.13 ERA and a Major League-best 16.0 innings pitched, allowing just two hits, while striking out 10. Westbrook was the first Cleveland pitcher since Bartolo Colon in 2000 to win weekly honors.
Other candidates include: Boston's Pedro Martinez; Minnesota's Joe Nathan; Detroit's Rondell White and Brandon Inge; the Royals' Ken Harvey and Matt Stairs; Lew Ford of the Twins; David Dellucci, Kevin Mench and Laynce Mix of the Texas Rangers; and Toronto's Carlos Delgado.