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Bob Shirley, who escaped the bullpen to become the...

NEW YORK -- Bob Shirley, who escaped the bullpen to become the New York Yankees' stopper last week, Monday became the first pitcher this year to be named American League Player of the Week.

Shirley won both of his starts last week, allowing only two earned runs and 10 hits in 15.1 innings while striking out seven and walking three.

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His season record is 2-1.

Also nominated were relievers Bob James of Chicago and Jay Howell of Oakland. James had four saves with a 1.08 ERA and Howell won two games, had two saves and was unscored upon over 4.3 innings during the week.

Other nominees were Baltimore's Wayne Gross, Boston's Glenn Hoffman, California's Juan Beniquez, Cleveland's Tony Bernazard, Detroit's Lance Parrish, Kansas City's Pat Sheridan, Milwaukee's Cecil Cooper, Minnesota's Tom Brunansky, New York's Ken Griffey, Seattle's Alvin Davis, Texas' Oddibe McDowell and Toronto's Tony Fernandez.

The award is sponsored by Gillette.

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