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Kluber named AL Player of the Week

• Updated Sep 18, 2017 at 4:50 PM

Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber has been named American League Player of the Week for Sept. 11 to 17.

During that stretch, Kluber made two starts in which he allowed no runs in 16 innings and struck out 17. Opposing batters mustered just a .148 average against him.

His win on Sunday moved him into a four-way tie for the MLB lead in victories with Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Zach Davies – all with 17.

He has not allowed a run in 22 consecutive innings, which is tied for the third-longest streak in the American League this year.

This is Kluber’s fourth time being named AL Player of the Week — the second time this year. He was also named AL Pitcher of the Month in June and August of this year.

On the season, Kluber is 17-4 with a 2.35 ERA — the lowest among starters. He also has struck out 252 — second-best in the AL — and walked 34 in 27 games, all starts.

Two other Indians starts have earned 16 wins thus far — Trevor Bauer (16-9, 4.41 ERA) and Carlos Carrasco (16-6, 3.48 ERA).

Having already clinched the AL Central title, Cleveland (93-57) owns the best record in the American League and second best in baseball. The Los Angeles Dodgers are tops at 96-53.

The Indians begin a West Coast trip on Tuesday night when they open at three-game series with the Los Angeles Angles. That will be followed by a weekend series in Seattle. Then the Tribe will have an off day Monday before hosting the Minnesota Twins in a series that begins Tuesday night at Progressive Field.

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