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Fiers Chosen As AL Player of the Week

He is the third member of the Astros given the honor in 2015

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Fresh off of his no-hitter Friday night against the Dodgers, the Astros announced pitcher Mike Fiers has been awarded the AL Player of the Week.

Fiers came to the Astros along with Carlos Gomez from the Brewers just before the trade deadline.  In his three starts since joining the team he has a 1-0 record with a 0.43 ERA.  Opponents are only hitting .139 against him with a .427 OPS.

Friday night Fiers was almost perfect, only allowing three walks.  The leadoff batter in the third inning was the last batter to reach base.  After that Fiers set down the next 21 in a row, including 10 strikeouts.  Manager A.J. Hinch allowed Fiers to stay in the game even though he was well over his career high pitch count, which ended up at 134.  Hinch has said due to the schedule Fiers will receive extra rest before his next start.

The last no-hitter by the Astros was a six-pitcher combined outing in June of 2003 against the Yankees in New York.  The last complete game no-hitter by the team was Darryl Kile against the Mets in 1993.  Fiers game was the first no-hitter by any team in Minute Maid Park history.

Fiers joins pitcher Dallas Keuchel and second baseman Jose Altuve as winners of the AL Player of the Week award this season.