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Crawford named AL Player of the Week

Posted by Michael Vega, Globe Staff  May 31, 2011 04:51 PM

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Carl Crawford was named American League Player of the Week today for the period ending May 29.

Crawford, who struggled at the start of the season by hitting .155 in the first month of the season, went on a tear, batting .423 (11 for 26) in the seven games last week. Crawford had a pair of doubles, two triples, three home runs, and eight RBIs. It helped the Red Sox to a 5-2 record in a swing through Cleveland and Detroit and improved Crawford's average to .232.

"It's nice to get that award," Crawford said before tonight's game against the White Sox. "It shows that you had a good week. You get awarded by MLB, so I'm really grateful to receive that."

Asked where he is compared with the beginning of the season, Crawford said, "I'm feeling better. Things are definitely starting to slow down for me. I feel like I've definitely got better from where I started off.''

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