This release from Major League Baseball:
New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera has been named the Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week for the period ending June 1st.
In four games last week, Rivera recorded three saves, allowing just one hit and two walks while striking out seven. On Saturday, the 38-year-old right-hander recorded his 15th save of the season against the Minnesota Twins at the Metrodome. The eight-time American League All-Star has converted all 15 save opportunities this season.
The Panama native is currently 1-1 with a 0.36 ERA with 24 strikeouts in 25.0 innings in 2008. This marks Riveraâ€™s first career weekly award honor.
Other nominees considered were Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Scott Kazmir (2-0, 0.64 ERA, 16 SO, 14.0 IP), Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton (.280, .720 SLG, 2 2B, 3 HR, 10 RBI) and Riveraâ€™s Yankees teammate, outfielder Johnny Damon (.478, .739 SLG, 3 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI).