Durazo, Hatteberg share AL Player of the Week Award
By John Schlegel / MLB.com
Any of eight or nine hitters from the scorching A's lineup might have been selected for the honor, but it was Erubiel Durazo and Scott Hatteberg who were chosen Monday as co-winners of the American League Player of the Week Award for June 7-13.
With the A's on an eight-game winning streak, Durazo and Hatteberg led an offense that just finished an 11-1 homestand by collecting a club-record 71 runs and 94 hits over a six-game span, all victories over the Reds and Pirates in Interleague Play.
It has been a lineup-wide surge for the A's, no question about it.
Scott Hatteberg / 1B
Weight: 210 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: R
"I don't know that I've ever seen that at the Major League level, where everybody is hot at the same time," hitting coach Dave Hudgens said after the club's 13-3 unloading upon the Pirates on Sunday. "Usually it's three or four guys. ... It seems like we've got eight or nine."
Durazo and Hatteberg, the left-handed hitters who either DH or play first base, certainly had a lot to do with the power surge in Oakland last week.
Durazo and Hatteberg tied teammate Jermaine Dye for the AL high with nine runs scored. In five games, Durazo batted .526 (10-for-19) with an AL-best .625 on-base percentage, a .947 slugging percentage, two home runs, and seven RBIs. In six games, Hatteberg hit .500 (10-for-20) with a .520 on-base, .850 slugging, two home runs (including his third career grand slam), and 11 RBIs while extending his career-high hitting streak to 14 games.
"I feel good swinging the bat. I feel good at the plate," Hatteberg said this past weekend. "I feel I've been pretty consistent swinging the bat most of the year, and lately I've been getting some hits at some big times.
"A lot of it is just luck, a combination of being in the right place at the right time and feeling good."
The A's improved their Major League-best record in Interleague Play to 81-47 (.634), including an 18-0 mark against NL Central clubs heading into Tuesday's opener of a three-game set at Busch Stadium against the division-leading Cardinals.
This marked Hatteberg's second career weekly honor, the other coming April 13, 2003. It was the first for Durazo.
Erubiel Durazo / DH
Weight: 240 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: L
Other Athletics considered for the honor were right fielder Dye (.440), catcher Damian Miller (.368, 2 homers, AL-best 14 RBIs), center fielder Mark Kotsay (.520, AL-high 13 hits), second baseman Marco Scutaro (.407, six RBIs) and outfielder Eric Byrnes (.346, three homers, five RBIs).
Other nominees included Carlos Lee (.478, four RBIs) and Frank Thomas of the Chicago White Sox (.333, AL-best four homers, seven RBIs); Minnesota's Luis Rivas (AL-best .550, three RBIs); and Gary Matthews Jr. (.444, two homers, seven RBIs) of Texas. Lee currently has a 27-game hitting streak, matching the best in franchise history.
Oakland lefty Mark Mulder (2-0, 3.00 ERA for the week) was among the pitchers on the weekly ballot.
John Schlegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.