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J.J. Hardy of the Baltimore Orioles named American League Player of the Week08/15/2011 3:35 PM ET
Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending August 14th. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.
In seven games last week, Hardy batted .323 (10-for-31) with two doubles, four home runs, six runs scored and a leagueleading 10 RBI en route to winning his first career A.L. Player of the Week Award. The 28-year-old is the first Baltimore shortstop to garner the weekly honor since Miguel Tejada in 2006, and he joins teammate Nick Markakis (period ending July 18th) as the second Oriole to take home the award in the last month. In addition to leading the A.L. in RBI, the Arizona native also paced the league with 24 total bases and finished second in the Majors in home runs. In the first of a four-game set against the Chicago White Sox on August 8th, Hardy doubled twice, homered and drove in a season-high-tying four RBI in a losing effort as the White Sox edged the Orioles, 7-6, in Baltimore. Hardy's seventh-inning, three-run shot was his 20th home run of the season, making the Orioles the first team in 2011 to have three players with at least 20 round trippers (Hardy, Adam Jones and Mark Reynolds). On Wednesday, the seven-year veteran tied a career-high with four hits, including a first-inning solo home run to help lead the Orioles over the White Sox, 6-4, in 10 innings. It was Hardy's second four-hit game of the season (also May 10th vs. Seattle). On August 12th, the 2007 N.L. All-Star continued a second-half power surge with a pair of home runs to go along with three RBI as the Orioles fell to the Detroit Tigers, 5-4, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Friday's game marked the eighth straight contest in which Hardy recorded at least one RBI, marking the fourth-longest streak in franchise history. Additionally, it was his third multi-homer game this season, all coming since July 26th. The second round pick in the 2001 First-Year Player Draft has 23 home runs on the year to lead all A.L. shortstops and tie for the overall lead at the position with Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki. Hardy's 10 home runs since the All-Star break also lead the A.L.
Other noteworthy performances last week included Tampa Bay Rays right-hander James Shields (SHO, 6 H, 8 K vs. Kansas City on August 9th); New York Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson (.300, 5 HR, 8 RBI, 1.050 SLG) and second baseman Robinson Cano (.500, 1.000 SLG, fifth career grand slam on August 11th); Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (.500, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 4 BB, .577 OBP); Kansas City Royals outfielder Melky Cabrera (.448, league-leading 13 H, 2 HR, 8 RBI); Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim righthander Ervin Santana (CG, 6 K, 2 BB at Toronto on August 12th, third complete game in his last four starts); and Cleveland Indians newcomer Ubaldo Jimenez (8.0 IP, 5 H, 6 K, 1 BB vs. Detroit on August 10th).
The winner of the American League Player of the Week, J.J. Hardy, will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.
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