04/13/09 6:15 PM ET
Longoria recognized as AL's best
Rays third baseman wins Junior Circuit's weekly award
By Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com
That's because when you win an American League Rookie of the Year Award, star on a World Series team and get off to the kind of start that Longoria has gotten off to this season, you start building a name for yourself.
Longoria put up 13 hits with five home runs last week, and on Monday, he was named the AL Player of the Week, presented by Bank of America, for the first seven days of the 2009 season.
Longoria, whose club went 3-3 after taking a season-opening series against the Red Sox and dropping two out of three to the Orioles, batted .481, hit four doubles and drove in 10 runs. Going into this week, the 2008 AL Rookie of the Year led all of baseball with a 1.185 slugging percentage after striking out just three times last week.
The 23-year-old third baseman collected a hit in each of his first six games, posted five multihit performances and went deep twice against Baltimore on Friday en route to winning his second career weekly honor.
Longoria is the first Rookie of the Year to hit as many as five home runs through the first six games of the ensuing season.
"I feel good," said Longoria on Friday, whose Rays host the Yankees in their home opener on Monday. "I was talking to Carl [Crawford], and it's one of those things -- when you get on a roll like this, you just have to ride it as long as you can. Obviously, I don't always feel this good the whole year. [I] try to keep doing the same things I've been doing every day. Hopefully, it works out in the game."
The runner-up for the award was Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera, who hit .520 (13-for-25) with three home runs, 10 RBIs and two doubles in seven games. Other nominees included Blue Jays outfielder Adam Lind (.400, three homers and 12 RBIs), Yankees first baseman/outfielder Nick Swisher (.471, two homers and nine RBIs), Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis (league-leading .522 batting average) and Orioles right-hander Jeremy Guthrie (2-0, 2.25 ERA).
Alden Gonzalez is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.