Verlander named AL Co-Player of the Week

Verlander named AL Co-Player of the Week

After two dominant complete-game victories and flirting with his second no-hitter of the season, Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander was named the American League Co-Player of the Week, Major League Baseball announced Monday.

He shares the award with Rays pitcher James Shields, who also went 2-0 this week with two complete-game victories. It is Verlander's second weekly award and fourth of his career; he also shared it with Minnesota's Francisco Liriano on May 9 when both pitchers threw no-hitters that week.

The Tigers ace notched a big league-best 17 strikeouts in his two starts against the Indians and Rockies, working a two-hit shutout against Cleveland at Comerica Park on Tuesday. He took a no-hitter into the eighth and struck out a season-high 12 batters.

On Sunday, the 28-year-old righty dominated the Rockies in a 9-1 victory, helping the Tigers avoid the sweep. It was Verlander's fourth complete game of the season, already tying a career high.

Verlander, a three-time All-Star, has won seven consecutive decisions over nine starts dating back to May 7. In that span, he has 59 strikeouts, just nine walks and a 1.73 ERA. He is 9-3 with a 2.54 ERA this season.

The Tigers are back in action Monday night (10:10 p.m. ET) against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.