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David Ortiz named AL player of week

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  June 6, 2011 04:37 PM

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This release from Major League Baseball:

David Ortiz was named the American League Player of the Week after he batted .545 and hit four doubles and two homers and drove in six runs last week.

In six games last week, Ortiz batted .545 (12-for-22) with four doubles, two home runs, six RBI and five runs scored The award was the second in as many weeks for the Red Sox. Carl Crawford earned the award last week.

The 15-year veteran finished tied for first in the A.L. in doubles and total bases (22), was second in batting average, slugging percentage (1.000) and on-base percentage (.583) and was tied for second in the league in hits.

On Tuesday, May 31st in Boston, the Dominican Republic native finished off a strong month of May, going 2-for-4 with a three-run home run against the Chicago White Sox. Ortiz finished the month with a club-leading .342 (38-for-111) batting average with nine doubles, 10 home runs and 16 RBI to help Boston pull within one game of the New York Yankees for the A.L. East lead heading into todayís games.

On Wednesday, the 35-year-old doubled and launched his second homer in as many days, his 13th of the season, in a 7-4 loss to the White Sox. Ortiz batted .545 (6-for-11) with a double, two home runs and four RBI in the series against Chicago. On June 3rd, the six-time A.L. All-Star recorded a pair of hits, including a double and two RBI as the Red Sox pulled out an 8-6 victory over the Oakland Athletics in Boston.

It marked the fifth consecutive multi-hit game at home for Ortiz, a career-best for the left-handed hitting slugger. On Sunday, June 5th, the four-time Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award winner went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored as the Red
Sox defeated the Aís, 6-3, to complete a three-game sweep.

It was Big Papiís fourth straight game with a double and it extended his current hitting streak to six games. It was also the fifth multi-hit game of the week for Ortiz and his 17th in his last 28 games dating back to May 5th. This is Davidís fifth career weekly honor (last accomplished on 8/26/07).

Among the players also considered were two of Ortiz's teammates -- Carl Crawford, who won the same award May 31, and Adrian Gonzalez -- and Anaheim outfielder Bobby Abreu, Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera, Kansas City first baseman Eric Hosmer, Texas outfielder Endy Chavez, New York Yankees pitcher Bartolo Colon and Seattle pitcher Jason Vargas.

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