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Mariners’ Cruz a recent AL Player of the Week



Nelson Cruz at bat 2015 photo by By Keith Allison on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https

Designated hitter/outfielder Nelson Cruz of the Seattle Mariners has been named the American League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending June 24th.

Other noteworthy performances last week included All-Star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (.448, 4 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI) of the New York Yankees; starting pitcher Trevor Bauer (2-0, 0.68 ERA, 13.1 IP, 19 SO), All-Star designated hitter/first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (.320, 6 R, 4 XBH, 12 RBI), All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor (.400, 10 R, 3 HR, 7 RBI) and All-Star third baseman José Ramírez (.412, 8 R, 10 BB, 4 SB) of the Cleveland Indians; All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve (.474, 7 R, 5 XBH, 4 RBI) of the Houston Astros; and outfielder/designated hitter Mark Trumbo (.316, 5 R, 4 HR, 9 RBI) of the Baltimore Orioles.

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

Cruz batted .500 (12-for-24) with eight runs scored, two doubles, a triple, three home runs and eight RBI across six games played to earn his fifth career AL Player of the Week Award, last winning for the period ending April 19, 2015. Among qualified AL leaders, Nelson finished the period first in batting average and slugging percentage (1.042); second in hits, extra-base hits (6) and total bases (25); tied for second in runs scored and home runs; third in on-base percentage (.538); tied for third in triples; and fifth in RBI. This is Seattle’s second weekly award of the 2018 season, following his teammate James Paxton, who took home weekly honors for the week ending May 14th, following his no-hitter.

On Friday night against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, Cruz went 4-for-5 with two runs scored, a pair of home runs and seven RBI in a contest that saw 24 total runs scored. The Dominican Republic native became the fourth player in team history to club a pair of three-run homers in a single game, joining Edgar Martinez (May 26, 1997), Bret Boone (June 4, 2001) and Justin Smoak (May 30, 2012). In addition, the five-time AL All-Star became the sixth player in franchise history to tally at least four hits, two round-trippers and seven RBI in a contest, joining Mickey Brantley (September 14, 1987), Butch Huskey (May 17, 1999), Alex Rodriguez (April 16, 2000 & September 30, 2000), Boone (June 4, 2001) and Mike Cameron (August 19, 2001). The multi-homer game propelled Cruz to the 20-homer mark, reaching the threshold in just his 76th game played. The right-handed slugger has now registered at least 20 home runs in each of the last 10 seasons, the only player in the Majors to accomplish the feat. Cruz, who signed as a free agent with Seattle in December 2014, enters play today in the midst of an eight-game hitting streak dating back to June 16th.