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Seattle Mariners right-handed pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma has been named the American League Player of the Week for Aug. 10-16. It is the first career Player of the Week honor for Iwakuma.
Iwakuma tossed the 5th no-hitter in Mariners history, 4th by a single pitcher, on Aug. 12 vs. Baltimore. He joined Randy Johnson on June 2, 1990 vs. Detroit, Chris Bosio on April 22, 1993 vs. Boston & Felix Hernandez on Aug. 15, 2012 vs. Tampa Bay (perfect game) as pitchers in club history with a no-hitter. The team also combined for a 6-man no-hitter on June 8, 2012 vs. Los Angeles (NL); Kevin Millwood (6.0 IP), Charlie Furbush (0.2), Stephen Pryor (0.1), Lucas Luetge (0.1), Brandon League (0.2) & Tom Wilhelmsen (1.0).
The right-hander is just the 2nd Japanese-born pitcher with an MLB no-hitter, joining Hideo Nomo who tossed two no-hitters during his career, Sept. 17, 1996 at Colorado (with Dodgers) & April 4, 2001 at Baltimore (with Boston).
Iwakuma’s no-hitter is the 4th in MLB this season, but the first in the American League since Felix Hernandez on Aug. 15, 2012 vs. Tampa Bay. National League no-hitters this season include Philadelphia’s Cole Hamels vs. Chicago (NL) on July 25, Washington’s Max Scherzer vs. Pittsburgh on June 20, San Francisco’s Chris Heston vs. New York (NL) on June 9.
This is Iwakuma’s first career Player of the Week honor, and the first by a Mariners pitcher since Felix Hernandez on June 9, 2014. This is the third Player of the Week honor for the Mariners this season after Brad Miller (May 18) and Nelson Cruz (April 20) won the award earlier this season.
On the season, Iwakuma is 4-2 with a 3.86 ERA (31 ER, 72.1 IP) with 58 strikeouts in 11 starts this season. Over his last 7 starts, he is 4-1 with a 2.47 ERA (14 ER, 51.0 IP) with 44 strikeouts since July 11. He missed more than two months on the 15-day disabled list earlier this season (April 24-July 6) with a right lat strain.
Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager has been named the American League Player of the Week for June 23-29. It is the second Player of the Week honor of the season for Seager who shared the award for April 21-27 with Chicago’s Jose Abreu.
Seager batted .583 (14×24) with 5 runs, 3 doubles, 2 home runs, 8 RBI and a 1.542 OPS in 6 games vs. the Red Sox and Indians (4-2 team record). This is the third weekly honor for the Mariners this season (Seager and Felix Hernandez, June 2-8). It is the first time since 2006 (Ibañez, Ichiro, Pineiro) the Mariners have had three Player of the Week awards in a season.
In six games last week, Seager paced the Majors with 14 hits and a .958 slugging percentage while leading the A.L. with eight RBI. The left-handed-hitting slugger had the second-highest batting average among qualifying A.L. hitters. He also ranked second in on-base percentage (.583) and total bases (23) and collected hits in every game last week including five multi-hit games during the week.
Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager has been named the American League Co-Player of the Week for April 21-27 along with Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu.
Seager hit .409 (9×22) with 8 runs, 5 home runs, 11 RBI with a 1.549 OPS in 6 games. He recorded four straight multi-hit efforts and hit a home run in three games including two-multi home run games (April 23 vs. Houston & 27 vs. Texas). Over his last 13 games he is hitting .304 (14×46) with 9 runs, 1 double, 5 home runs, 12 RBI and a 1.012 OPS. On Wednesday, he accounted for all five Mariners runs in a 5-3 win including a two-run home run in the seventh inning and a walk-off three-run shot in the 9th inning that gave him a career-high 5 RBI. Seager homered on Saturday against Texas before hitting two more on Sunday against the Rangers including the go-ahead three-run home run in the eighth inning on Sunday.
During the week, he was tied for the American League lead with five home runs and ranked third with 11 RBI while leading the Majors with a 1.091 slugging percentage and a 1.549 OPS.
This is Kyle’s first career weekly honor, and it is the first Player of the Week honor for the Mariners since Brad Miller earned the honor on July 22, 2013.