08/29/2011 4:11 PM ET
Adrian Gonzalez of the Boston Red Sox named the American League Player of the Week
Boston Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period
ending August 28th. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.
In seven games, Gonzalez batted .393 (11-for-28) with a double, five home runs, nine RBI and eight runs scored in becoming the fourth Red Sox to win the weekly award this season, joining teammates Carl Crawford, David Ortiz and Jacoby Ellsbury. The 2011 A.L. All-Star paced all of baseball in total bases (27) and tied for tops overall in homers. Among his A.L. counterparts, Gonzalez
finished tied for first in RBI, was second in runs scored, third in slugging percentage (.964) and was tied for fifth in hits. In the second of a four-game set against the Texas Rangers in Arlington on Tuesday, the 29-year-old homered twice with three RBI and three runs scored, leading the Red Sox past the Rangers, 11-5. His two-run shot in the first inning ended an 84 at-bat homerless string dating
back to July 30th and his fourth-inning solo round tripper gave Gonzalez his first two-homer showing since May 10th in Toronto. The San Diego native continued to use the long ball to help Boston take the final two games of the series against the defending A.L. Champions, belting a home run and scoring twice in a 13-2 rout on Wednesday and launching a pair of homers in four plate appearances in a 6-0 shutout on Thursday. Gonzalez's second multi-homer game in three days gives him 13 in his eight-year Major League career. Entering today, the first overall pick in the 2000 First-Year Player Draft (Florida Marlins) leads the Majors with a .345 batting average, 298 total bases and a career-best 184 hits. He is currently second overall in RBI (103), is tied for third in extra-base hits (65), fourth in doubles (39) and ranks fifth in on-base percentage (.406). This is Adrian's fifth career weekly honor (last
accomplished on May 24, 2010 with the San Diego Padres) and his first as an American Leaguer.
Other noteworthy performances this past week include Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (.296, 4 HR, 5 RBI),
outfielder Desmond Jennings (.481, 13 H, 3 HR), left-hander David Price (1-1, 1.20 ERA, 15.0 IP, 20 K) and right-hander James Shields (1-0, 12 K, 1 BB in CG at Toronto on August 26th); New York Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher (.333, 5 HR, 8 RBI, 1.095 SLG); Baltimore Orioles slugger Mark Reynolds (.429, 12 H, 3 HR, 8 RBI); Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim second baseman Howie Kendrick (.500, 4 HR, 5 RBI); Chicago White Sox left-hander John Danks (1-0, 3 H, 10 K, 1 BB in SHO at Seattle on August 27th); and Detroit
Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander (20th win of the season against the Minnesota Twins on August 27th, has won eight straight starts and 16 of his last 18 turns on the mound dating back to May 29th).
The winner of the American League Player of the Week, Adrian Gonzalez, will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the
leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.