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Giambi named AL Player of the Week

Giambi named AL Player of the Week

After hitting below .275 in each of the past three seasons, it appears the Jason Giambi has found his swing early this season.

Giambi, first baseman for the New York Yankees, was named the Bank of America American League Player of the Week after leading the American League in hitting for the period ending on April 16.

The left-handed-hitting slugger went 8-for-14 (.571) with four homers and 10 RBIs.

Giambi, who has a lifetime average of .295 hasn't batted better than .275 since his first year with the Yankees in 2002, when he hit for .314 and had 41 home runs.

The five-time AL All-Star from West Covina, Calif., did most of his damage against Kansas City, getting seven RBIs on five hits, including two home runs off Royals pitchers Joe Mays and Jimmy Gobble. The Yankees swept the Royals in a three-game series.

On Sunday, he went 3-for-4 with two home runs off Twins pitcher Brad Radke, as the Yankees rolled to a 9-3 win to avoid a series sweep at home.

He also had a 1.671 slugging percentage and a .700 on-base percentage during last week.

Other contenders for player of the week included two White Sox sluggers: Paul Konerko and Jim Thome, who combined for eight home runs and 16 RBIs.

Ty Wiggington of the Devil Rays also had a great week, batting .320 with four homers and nine RBIs.

Pitchers that were in the running included Boston right-hander Josh Beckett (2-0, 1.93 ERA), Baltimore's Erik Bedard (2-0, 1.20 ERA) and Detroit's Mike Maroth (1-0 0.00 ERA).

Ryan Quinn is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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