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Indians slugger Edwin Encarnacion named recent AL Player of the Week

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Designated hitter/first baseman Edwin Encarnacion of the Cleveland Indians has been named the American League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending June 3rd.

In recognition of his American League Player of the Week Award, Edwin Encarnacion will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

Encarnacion batted .407 (11-for-27) with nine runs scored, two doubles, five home runs and 13 RBI over seven games played to earn his sixth career Player of the Week Award, previously winning for the week ending August 30, 2015 as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays. Among qualified AL leaders, Edwin finished the period first in home runs, extra-base hits (7), RBI, total bases (28) and slugging percentage (1.037); tied for first in runs scored; tied for fourth in hits; and tied for sixth in batting average. This is Cleveland’s third weekly award of the 2018 season, and the first since Edwin’s All-Star teammate Francisco Lindor earned consecutive weekly honors for the periods ending May 7th and May 14th.

On May 28th against the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field, Encarnacion went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, a double, one home run and four RBI to propel the Indians to a 9-6 victory. During Cleveland’s six-game winning streak from May 26th-31st, the Dominican Republic native notched six extra-base hits and nine RBI to lead an offense that scored at least seven runs in each contest. In his final game of the week on Sunday against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field, the three-time All-Star went 2-for-4 with his third multi-homer game of the season and four RBI. It was the slugger’s first multi-home run game since his three-homer and six-RBI outing on May 2nd against the Texas Rangers. The performance capped off a four-game weekend series in which he clubbed three round-trippers (also June 1st) against the Twins. With 15 career homers at Target Field, the 14-year veteran has now hit the most home runs at the Minnesota ballpark of any visiting player in the Majors. In addition, the strong effort extended his current season-high 10-game hitting streak dating back to May 25th. Over the course of his hot stretch, the 35-year-old has batted .425 (17-for-40) with 14 runs scored, three doubles, six home runs and 15 RBI to lead the Tribe to a 6-4 record. Encarnacion has logged six multi-hit efforts during the streak, increasing his batting average by 44 points, and enters play today with a .246/.317/.517 slash line with 30 runs scored, seven doubles, 16 homers and 40 RBI on the season.

Minnesota outfielder Eddie Rosario (.433, 6 R, 4 HR, 11 RBI) also delivered a strong week at the plate. On Sunday against the Indians, Rosario logged the 11th three-home run game in Club history, and the first since his teammate Byron Buxton last season on August 27th. The Puerto Rico native became the first player in team history to log a pair of such games (also June 13, 2017). Other noteworthy performances last week included third baseman Nicholas Castellanos (.419, 13 H, 5 2B, 4 RBI) of the Detroit Tigers; outfielder Andrew Benintendi (.379, 7 R, 6 XBH, 8 RBI) of the Boston Red Sox; starting pitcher Marco Gonzales (2-0, 0.68 ERA, 13.1 IP, 10 SO) of the Seattle Mariners; second baseman Ian Kinsler (.429, 6 R, 6 XBH, 6 RBI) of the Los Angeles Angels; and starter Blake Snell (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 11.2 IP, 19 SO) of the Tampa Bay Rays.

 

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