04/23/12 3:52 PM ET
Perfect Humber earns AL Player of the Week
By Adam Berry / MLB.com
There was little doubt the honor would go to Humber, who needed only 96 pitches to blank the Mariners, 4-0. He struck out nine batters and didn't allow a three-ball count until the ninth inning in the first complete game and the first shutout of his career.
Humber's spectacular performance was the first perfect game in the Majors since Roy Halladay shut down the Marlins on May 29, 2010. The last no-hitter came from Angels right-hander Ervin Santana on July 27, 2011, against Cleveland.
The 29-year-old right-hander took a long journey to his perfect game, undergoing Tommy John surgery before his career really got going and bouncing around the Minor Leagues. He was the third overall pick in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft out of Rice University.
In his other start last week, Humber allowed one earned run while striking out seven over 5 1/3 innings against the Orioles on Monday. Between that and his perfect game, Humber went 1-0 with a 0.63 ERA (fifth best in the AL), walked three and struck out 16 (third most in the Majors) in 14 1/3 innings of work.
Also up for consideration were Rangers catcher Mike Napoli (.440, five homers, 10 RBIs, 1.080 slugging percentage) and outfielder Josh Hamilton (.462, three homers, 11 RBIs), Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson (.400, four homers, five RBIs and a three-homer game Thursday against Minnesota), Orioles left fielder Nolan Reimold (.467, three homers, six RBIs), Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander (2-0, 1.20 ERA, 17 strikeouts and a complete game last Monday) and Angels righty Jered Weaver (2-0, 1.72 ERA, 11 strikeouts and a complete game Saturday).