For the second straight week, the American League's highest-scoring offense produced the AL's Player of the Week. White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko was named the AL Co-Player of the Week for the period ending April 10, sharing the award with Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, Major League Baseball announced on Monday. Konerko's award comes after White Sox outfielder Carlos Quentin earned the season's first award. Quentin and Konerko are the first teammates to earn the AL honor in consecutive weeks since Chicago's Jim Thome and Mark Buehrle (July 20 and 27, 2009, respectively).
The 35-year-old first baseman hit .417 (10-for-24) in six games last week, matching Cabrera for league bests in home runs (three) and RBIs (eight). He also posted a .760 slugging percentage and a .385 on-base percentage. Konerko entered Monday on a 10-game hitting streak dating to 2010, and opened the season by driving in a run in Chicago's first seven games, a new franchise record. This is Konerko's fourth career weekly award. Cabrera earned the weekly honor by hitting .360 (9-for-25) in six games last week, leading the surprising Indians to first place in the AL Central entering Monday. Along with matching Konerko for the league lead in home runs and RBIs, the 25-year-old was second in the AL with 19 total bases, tied for third with five runs scored and fourth with a .760 slugging percentage. This is Cabrera's second career weekly award, the last coming on Sept. 15, 2008.