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05/23/2011 3:41 PM ET
Alexei Ramirez of the Chicago White Sox named the American League Player of the Week
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Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending May 22nd. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

In seven games last week, Ramirez batted .417 (10-for-24) with one home run and a Major League-leading six doubles and nine RBI en route to his first career weekly honor. His .792 slugging percentage placed him second in the A.L. while his .481 on-base percentage ranked third-best. Ramirez's six runs scored and 19 total bases also tied him for third-highest in the league. On Thursday, May 19th, the Cuban native roped a two-run double and scored two runs as part of a 2-for-3 showing to help lift the White Sox over the first-place Cleveland Indians, 8-2, at U.S. Cellular Field. The victory completed a two-game sweep of their division rivals, with the South Siders taking four out of five from the Indians this season and 10 of the last 12 dating back to last year. On Saturday, the 29- year-old went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored as the White Sox cruised to a 9-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Chicago. In addition to Ramirez's offensive exploits, teammate and staff ace Mark Buehrle improved to 24-6 lifetime against the National League, passing Jamie Moyer for most wins all-time in Interleague play. The following day, Ramirez was again the key fixture for Chicago as he doubled twice and clubbed his sixth home run of the season to lead the White Sox over the Dodgers, 8-3. Alexei matched career-highs with four hits and five RBI in the effort. In taking two of three from Los Angeles over the weekend, Chicago improved to 20-4 in their last 24 Interleague games and claimed their 15th consecutive Interleague series win dating back to 2008. Ramirez, the A.L. winner of the 2010 Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award at shortstop, is hitting .320 (24-for-75) with nine doubles, three home runs, 13 RBI and 16 runs scored in 20 games this month.

Other noteworthy offensive performances from this past week include New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez (.419, 13 H, 3 HR, 7 R); Cleveland shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (.379, 3 HR, 7 RBI, .724 SLG) and Boston first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (.481, 13 H, 7 RBI, .500 OBP). Seattle rookie hurler Michael Pineda (2-0, 14.0 IP, 0 R, 16 K, 1 BB), Tampa Bay right-hander James Shields (1-1, 1 SHO, 16.0 IP, 22 K, 2 BB), Angels starting pitcher Ervin Santana (1-0, SHO, 4 H, 7 K, 0 BB vs. Atlanta) and White Sox starter Jake Peavy (1-0, SHO, 3 H, 8 K, 0 BB vs. Cleveland) all received consideration for their notable mound performances.

The winner of the American League Player of the Week, Alexei Ramirez, will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.

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