05/16/2011 3:36 PM ET
Victor Martinez Of The Detroit Tigers Named The American League Player Of The Week
Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period
ending May 15th. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.
In five games last week, Martinez batted an American League-leading .579 (11-for-19) with four doubles, two home runs, four
walks and 11 RBI. Victor is carrying a season-high 13-game hitting streak into Monday's games, and is hitting .468 (22-for-47) with 10
runs scored, six doubles, two home runs and 15 RBI during the streak. Martinez has led Detroit on a seven-game winning streak,
including a perfect 5-0 record last week. Among the Major League leaders in several offensive categories last week, the Venezuela
native paced all of baseball in RBI and on-base percentage (.652), tied for second in hits and doubles and finished third in slugging
percentage (1.105). On Monday, May 9th, the four-time A.L. All-Star went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run, two runs scored and
three RBI to lift the Tigers over the Toronto Blue Jays, 10-5, at the Rogers Centre. In the four-game weekend series against the Jays,
Martinez batted .438 (7-for-16) with three doubles, a home run and six RBI. The 32-year-old continued to swing a hot bat in
Minneapolis on Tuesday, collecting three hits, including two doubles, to lead the Tigers to a 10-2 victory over the Twins. The 10-year
veteran also drove in a season-high four RBI and scored two runs in the effort. The following day, Martinez went 3-for-4, clubbing his
fourth home run of the season and driving in three runs in a 9-7 defeat of the Twins. It was his fourth three-hit game of the season,
the third in as many days, and it was his third straight game with at least three RBI. In his last 10 games since returning from the
disabled list on May 4th, Martinez is hitting .459 (17-for-37) with five doubles, two home runs and 14 RBI. He has reached base safely
in 22 of 26 games on the season. This is Victor's fourth career A.L. Player of the Week honor, and his first since 2005, when he was a
member of the Cleveland Indians.
Other noteworthy performances from this past week include Toronto slugger Jose Bautista, who hit .423 with a Major Leagueleading
six home runs; Red Sox teammates Adrian Gonzalez (.346, 5 HR, 10 RBI) and Josh Beckett (1-0, 13.0 IP, 0 R, 14 K); Tampa
Bay outfielder Matt Joyce (.450, 4 HR, 4 BB, 1.100 SLG) and right-handed pitcher Jeremy Hellickson (1-0, SHO, 4 H, 3 K vs. Baltimore);
Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre (.385, 3 HR, 1.077 SLG); Baltimore starter Brad Bergesen (1-0, SHO, 4 H, 5 K at Tampa Bay) and
Detroit ace Justin Verlander (1-0, 8.0 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 7 K vs. Kansas City).
The winner of the American League Player of the Week, Victor Martinez, will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the
leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.