Bradley rides gaudy streak to AL Player of Week

Bradley rides gaudy streak to AL Player of Week

KANSAS CITY -- Hanley Ramirez was so pleased to see Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. win his first American League Player of the Week honor, he was practically singing in the rain during his teammate's live interview on MLB Network's Ballpark Cam on Monday afternoon.

While Bradley spoke about his award, a shirtless Ramirez could be seen clearly in the background, first doing jumping jacks and later doing some shadow boxing.

"What an honor," Bradley said of being named AL Player of the Week. "It's been a fun week. I'm glad we were able to get some wins out of it, too."

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From Gatorade baths to powder celebrations after walk-offs, Bradley and the Red Sox are clearly enjoying being in the red-hot stretch they've been on of late.

"Absolutely," said Bradley before the Red Sox were postponed on Monday against the Royals. "Hanley is definitely keeping the clubhouse very light and exciting. I still don't know exactly what he was doing. I just knew he was shirtless."

Bradley has helped create the light-hearted environment around the Red Sox with his 21-game hitting streak. Meanwhile, Boston is 24-14, just percentage points behind the Orioles for first place in the AL East.

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"It's a great honor -- a great award," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "The numbers are pretty compelling when you look at what he's been able to do and what we've done as an offense. He's been a main cog in it, and I'm proud of one of our guys for being recognized for the effort they've put it."

Last August, Bradley was on a similarly torrid stretch, but then followed with a tough September. His goal for this season is consistent performance.

"Exactly," Bradley said. "Not just make it a week, but just be a player who's producing day in and day out, being able to be there whenever they need me, take advantage of the opportunities, and the main goal is to definitely win."

For most of this season, Bradley has been batting ninth. But Farrell has moved him to other spots of late. Bradley would have batted seventh on Monday if not for the postponement.

"Wherever," Bradley said. "I just want to be able to produce and do my part."

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.