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Blue Jays pitcher Gausman named American League player of the week

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Kevin Gausman delivers to the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Gausman has been named the American League player of the week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Chris O'Meara

Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Kevin Gausman has been named the American League player of the week.

Gausman picked up the win in Toronto's 3-1 victory at Tampa Bay on Tuesday. He threw eight innings of one-hit ball with 10 strikeouts and one walk.

He followed that performance with six scoreless innings and five strikeouts in the Blue Jays' 3-2 extra-inning win at Minnesota on Sunday.

It's Gausman's first career player-of-the-week award. He is 8-8 with a 2.91 earned-run average in his first season with Toronto.

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado won the National League award after batting .476 (10-for-21) with three home runs and eight runs batted in over six games last week. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 8, 2022.

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