Along with Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals, Josh Beckett's no-hitter has earned him a Player of the Week Award:
Beckett, 34 years old, became the oldest pitcher to throw a no-hitter since 40-year-old Randy Johnson threw a perfect game against the Braves in 2004. The right-hander also joined an honor roll of six other players -- Johnson, Dave Stewart, Don Larsen, Lew Burdette and Hall of Famers Bob Gibson and Sandy Koufax -- who have won the World Series Most Valuable Player and thrown a no-hitter in their careers.
Beckett also won his other start last week, finishing the week with a 2-0 record and a 2.57 ERA. He previously won the American League Player of the Week Award in July 2009 when he was with Boston.
Beckett's achievement comes one week after Yasiel Puig's POW award. (As of this post's writing, the mlb.com site hadn't been updated for Puig's week [update: it now has been updated to show both Puig and Beckett], but the never-inaccurate* Wikipedia entry has the details.) It definitely seems like the Dodgers might be starting to get some momentum (finally), right?
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