Mariners left fielder Raul Ibañez has been named the American League co-player of the week with Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Brian Bannister. The award is the fourth of his career and third as a Mariner.
Ibañez, 35, hit .370 (10-for-27) with seven runs scored, three doubles, a triple, four home runs and 11 RBI helping lead the Mariners to a 4-3 record. He also drew five walks (four intentional) and reached base in 15 of his 32 plate appearances. His eight extra base hits (27 total bases) gave him an AL-best 1.000 slugging percentage over the last week.
Through 13 games this season, Ibañez is batting .327 with five home runs and 13 RBI. He leads the AL in slugging percentage (.755), extra base hits (10) and intentional walks (five), and ranks second in home runs (five) and is tied for secnd in RBI (13).
Ibañez also earned the award on Aug. 13, 2007 and Sept. 25, 2006 (co with Torii Hunter), and with the Royals on July 21, 2002.
Ibañez becomes the 58th all-time selection for Player of the Week in franchise history. Edgar Martinez is the club leader with seven selections as AL Player of the Week.