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08/03/09 4:04 PM ET
Morales earns AL Player of Week honors
Angles first baseman led Majors in homers, RBIs, slugging
By Tom Singer / MLB.com
Kendry Morales converted his breakout week for the Angels into honors as American League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America for the period through Sunday. Morales topped the Majors for the week with five home runs, 13 RBIs and a 1.077 slugging percentage built upon 28 total bases. In the six games, the first baseman from Cuba also hit .423 (11-for-26). The switch-hitter bookended the week with two of his three career multihomer games -- on July 27, against the Indians, and Sunday in Minneapolis, where both were three-run blows for a personal single-game high of six RBIs. The productive week improved Morales' numbers in his first season as the Angels' regular first baseman to 23 homers and 69 RBIs alongside a .299 average. To earn his first weekly award, Morales trumped other standout performances by Boston teammates Kevin Youkilis (MLB-best .552) and Josh Beckett (2-0, 1.93 ERA); Seattle second baseman Jose Lopez (.545, eight RBIs); and Orioles outfielder Adam Jones (four homers, 10 RBIs).
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.