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04/07/2003  3:38 PM ET 
New York's Soriano wins AL Pepsi Player of the Week

Alfonso Soriano of the New York Yankees has been named the American League Pepsi Player of the Week for the opening week of the 2003 championship season.

In six games last week, Soriano batted .452 (14-for-31) with Major League-leading totals of 14 hits and 28 total bases to help lift the Yankees to a 5-1 start. Soriano also tied for the AL lead with three home runs, including an Opening Day grand slam in an 8-4 win at Toronto and a leadoff round-tripper in Sunday's 10-5 win at Tampa Bay. For the week, Soriano posted a .903 slugging percentage, a .485 on-base percentage, eight runs, three doubles, one triple, and 10 RBIs. This marks the second time that Soriano has received Player of the Week honors in his career (week ending 6/23/02).

Other candidates for the award included Anaheim's Garret Anderson, who paced the AL with a .600 average, a .652 OBP, and five doubles; Hank Blalock of Texas (.526, 1.053 slugging, AL-high 3 HR); Oakland's Erubiel Durazo (.412, 2 HR, 11 RBI); Boston's Shea Hillenbrand (.333, 1 HR, AL-high 15 RBI); and Kansas City's Brent Mayne (AL-best .600, 5 RBI). (Statistics from last SundayBs season-opening game between Anaheim and Texas were not included in the figures above.)

Pitchers named on the weekly ballot were Runelvys Hernandez (2-0, 0.69 ERA, 13.0 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 8 SO) of the Royals, who assembled the AL's only undefeated record (5-0) in the first week of play; Minnesota's Kyle Lohse, who threw eight innings of two-hit ball (5 SO, 0 BB) last Thursday in a 3-0 win at Detroit; and Roger Clemens (2-0, 2.77, 13.0 IP, 11 SO) and Andy Pettitte (1-0, 0.00, 7.0 IP, 7 SO) of the Yankees.

Alfonso Soriano will receive a Tourneau luxury Swiss timepiece as the American League Pepsi Player of the Week.

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