Nine games into Cleveland's surprising start, members of the first-place Indians are beginning to bring home awards. Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera was named the American League Co-Player of the Week for the period ending April 10, sharing the award with White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko, Major League Baseball announced on Monday. Cabrera earned the weekly award by hitting .360 (9-for-25) in six games, putting the Indians atop the AL Central entering Monday. Cabrera and Konerko each had league bests with three home runs and eight RBIs. Along with those numbers, Cabrera 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. Konerko's award marks the second straight week a member of the White Sox has earned the honor, following outfielder Carlos Quentin in the season's opening week. 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). Konerko's award comes after the 35-year-old first baseman hit .417 (10-for-24) in six games last week. Along with matching Cabrera's home run and RBI totals, he 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.