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Mariners’ Iwakuma picked as AL player of the week

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma delivers to the Minnesota Twins on Aug. 2.
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma delivers to the Minnesota Twins on Aug. 2. The Associated Press

Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma reaped another benefit from pitching a no-hitter last Wednesday in a 3-0 victory against Baltimore when he was selected Monday as the American League player of the week.

Iwakuma’s no-hitter was the first by an American League pitcher since Felix Hernandez’s perfect game on Aug, 12, 2012 in a 1-0 victory against Tampa Bay at Safeco Field

The weekly award is the first in Iwakuma’s career, and he is the third Mariner this season to win it. Right fielder Nelson Cruz won it for the week ending April 19, and shortstop Brad Miller won it for the week ending May 17.

Iwakuma (4-2, 3.86) will make his first start since pitching a no-hitter on Tuesday when he faces Texas right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez (2-4, 4.22) at Globe Life Park.

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