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Highland’s Jake Odorizzi named American League Player of the Week

Jake Odorizzi reflects on game against Cardinals

Highland High School graduate Jake Odorizzi talks about his showing Tuesday afternoon against the St. Louis Cardinals. Odorizzi allowed one run on two hits in five innings as he improved to 3-2 in the Minnesota Twins' 7-1 victory at Busch Stadium.
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Highland High School graduate Jake Odorizzi talks about his showing Tuesday afternoon against the St. Louis Cardinals. Odorizzi allowed one run on two hits in five innings as he improved to 3-2 in the Minnesota Twins' 7-1 victory at Busch Stadium.

Highland High School graduate Jake Odorizzi, a starting pitcher for the Minnesota Twins, has been selected as the American League Player of the Week for April 29-May 5.

Odorizzi, 29, was 2-0 last week and did not allow a run in 13 innings while striking out 15 in wins over the Houston Astros and New York Yankees.

On April 29, Odorizzi won a 1-0 pitcher dual with former American League Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander. Odorizzi worked seven innings, allowed only four hits and striking out seven in a 1-0 Twins win.

Then on May 4, Odorizzi pitched six scoreless innings in a win at Yankee Stadium. Odorizzi gave up only two hits while striking out eight in a 7-3 Minnesota win.

Odorizzi, who has won his last four starts, is now 4-2 with a 2.78 ERA.

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