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05/29/07 6:03 PM ET
Tribe's Blake AL Player of the Week
Beats out Borowski, Lackey, Washburn, Ordonez, Morneau
By Tim Kirby / Special to MLB.com
It was an all-or-nothing week for the Indians' Casey Blake. He had eight hits in the past week, all of which were for extra-bases.
That offensive output meant the Indians utility player was named the winner of the American League Player of the Week for the period ending May 27.
Blake batted .348 in six games, with three doubles, a triple and four home runs. He also had eight RBIs, eight runs scored and six walks.
Blake, who has played third base, right field and first base this season, may have bounced around in the field this season, but seems to have found a solid foothold in the Indians' order in the No. 2 spot.
He has batted in every spot in the order between 4-9 this season, but has recently seen at-bats primarily in the two-spot. He is batting .295 with 12 doubles and four home runs in 25 games this season batting in between leadoff man Grady Sizemore and No. 3 hitter Travis Hafner.
"I am very happy with what Casey is doing in the two hole," manager Eric Wedge recently told the Akron Beacon Journal. "We're going to leave it as it is right now."
"He's a right-hander between two lefties [Grady Sizemore and Travis Hafner]. He also sees a lot of pitches."
Blake was the catalyst in a three-game sweep of the Tigers over the past week. It was the first meeting between the two teams that have spent most of the season near the top of the American League Central. He scored four runs and walked four times against the defending AL pennant winners.
When he wasn't getting the Indians' offense started, Blake was showing off his recent power surge. He hit two homers against the Tigers, including a homer off Mike Maroth on Sunday that came directly after he drove a 3-1 sinker just foul. Maroth threw another sinker on the next pitch, though Blake straightened it out for his seventh homer of the year.
"It was almost the exact same pitch, but it came back over [the plate]," Maroth said. "He did almost the exact same thing -- just kept it fair."
Blake won the award over teammate Joe Borowski, who pitched four scoreless innings of relief in four saves.
Minnesota's Justin Morneau, Detroit's Magglio Ordonez and Oakland's Nick Swisher were other position players that were considered for the weekly honor. Seattle's Jarrod Washburn and Anaheim's John Lackey were two pitchers also considered.