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Mariners' Miller Earns Player of the Week Honor


It wasn't just a good week for a rookie. It was a good week for anyone.

Seattle rookie Brad Miller was named the American League Player of the Week on Monday in recognition of a three-game series in which he hit .386 against Houston. Miller, a shortstop, homered twice and drove in seven runs for the Mariners in a sweep over the Astros to start the second half.

The former second-round Draft pick becomes the first Mariner to win Player of the Week since Felix Hernandez did it last August, and he's the first Seattle rookie to do it since Ken Griffey Jr. in April 1989. Miller was promoted to the Majors in late June and is batting .270 in his first 19 games.

Miller went 3-for-5 with the first two home runs on his career in Friday's 10-7 victory over Houston, and he came back the next day to walk once and score a run in Seattle's 4-2 win. Miller went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and a run in Sunday's 12-5 win over the Astros, giving him four runs scored for the series.

Miller has reached base safely in 14 of his first 19 games, and he's scored 12 times for the Mariners. The left-handed hitter is batting .309 with a .377 on-base percentage in 15 games played at shortstop. Miller has played 13 games as Seattle's leadoff man and is batting .296 in those games.

Other candidates for the AL Player of the Week Award include Jonny Gomes, who batted .364 for Boston last week, and Alex Rios, who batted .500 with eight RBIs for the White Sox. Brandon Barnes hit for the cycle for Houston on Friday, and Bartolo Colon threw a shutout Sunday for Oakland.