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Francisco Liriano, Gaby Sanchez Win MLB Players of the Week

El pitcher dominicano de los Mellizos de Minnesota, Francisco Liriano, lanza durante su partido sin hits contra los Medias Blancas de Chicago el martes, 3 de mayo de 2011, en Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

El pitcher dominicano de los Mellizos de Minnesota, Francisco Liriano, lanza durante su partido sin hits contra los Medias Blancas de Chicago el martes, 3 de mayo de 2011, en Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Francisco Liriano tossed a no-hitter last week, and Major League Baseball recognized the achievement Monday by naming him the American League's co-Player of the Week.

The Minnesota Twins lefty, who had been struggling prior to the gem on Tuesday, shut out the Chicago White Sox, 1-0, at U.S. Cellular Field. 

Liriano threw 123 pitches and struck out only two batters while walking six.

The 27-year-old is the fifth pitcher from the Dominican Republic to throw a no-no. Juan Marichal, Ramon Martínez, José Jiménez and Ubaldo Jiménez also achieved the feat.

Liriano shared the award Justin Verlander, who also tossed a no-hitter last week.

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In the National League, Gaby Sánchez won the award with a week that saw the Florida Marlins first baseman hit .464.

The Miami native had 13 hits, 10 RBIs and 22 total bases. He had a .531 on-base percentage, too.

The 27-year-old slugger, who is a Miami native of Cuban descent, hit his first career grand slam on Monday.

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