ST. PETERSBURG -- A week after Matt Garza pitched the first no-hitter in Rays history, the right-hander was named a co-winner of the Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week for the period ending Aug. 1.
Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista, who built up his Major League-leading total to 32 home runs, shared the honor.
On July 26, Garza threw the fifth no-hitter of the season by shutting down the Tigers at Tropicana Field. The MVP of the 2008 AL Championship Series faced the minimum 27 batters in his gem, which came in Tampa Bay's 2,039th game since the franchise's inception, in 1998.
Eighty of Garza's 120 pitches went for strikes, and he fanned six batters against a lone second-inning walk, which was followed by a double play. On Saturday the California native, who is 11-5 with a 4.11 ERA on the year, matched a season high with nine strikeouts in a no-decision against the Yankees, a duel between the top two clubs in the Majors.
Bautista (.545, five home runs, 13 RBIs, 1.364 SLG last week) continued his breakout season by starting last week with an 8-for-12 series against the Orioles with six runs scored, three home runs and eight RBIs. The 2010 All-Star led all of baseball with 11 home runs in July, making him the first Jay to lead the Majors in homers in at least two different months (he also had 12 in May) of a calendar season.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.