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08/22/11 5:02 PM ET

Thome named AL Player of the Week

Following 600th homer, Twins slugger wins award for eighth time

One historic achievement begets one weekly award. Minnesota slugger Jim Thome, who became the eighth player in Major League history to hit his 600th career home run last Monday, was named the American League's Player of the Week in recognition of his performance.

Thome, who has been named Player of the Week eight times in his distinguished career, will receive a watch courtesy of Game Time in honor of his accomplishment. The 40-year-old batted .429 with three home runs, seven RBIs and four runs scored in his five games played last week.

Thome, the oldest player to reach 600 home runs, did it with the 48th multihomer game of his career. The former 13th-round Draft pick went deep twice last Monday, notching five RBIs in the effort. Thome drilled another homer Wednesday to help Minnesota take a series from first-place Detroit.

Thome outpolled a sturdy group of contenders for the award, a field that included Toronto's Jose Bautista, Detroit catcher Alex Avila, Texas first baseman Mitch Moreland and a trio -- Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson -- of prominent Yankees.

Peter Bourjos, an Angels center fielder, also made it into the honorable mention group. Only one pitcher -- Toronto southpaw Ricky Romero -- was considered for AL Player of the Week.

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.