Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending May 29th. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.
Mauer batted .440 (11-for-25) with seven runs scored, four home runs and seven RBI over six games to claim his third career AL Player of the Week Award, last winning on May 24, 2009. Among his AL counterparts, Joe finished the period first in total bases (23), tied for first in home runs, second in slugging percentage (.920), tied for second in runs scored, tied for fourth in on-base percentage (.500) and RBI, and tied for fifth in batting average.
Mauer, the first overall selection of the 2001 MLB Draft by Minnesota, logged a hit in each game during his award-winning week, while delivering four multi-hit efforts. Leading the Twins to a series sweep of the Seattle Mariners over the weekend at Safeco Field, the six-time AL All-Star homered in each of the contests, going 5-for-12 with five runs scored and five RBI to accompany the three round-trippers. It's the second time in his career that he's homered in three consecutive games, last accomplishing the feat during his MVP Award-winning season in 2009. Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew homered in five straight games on three separate occasions and Marty Cordova tied his mark in 1995 to set the franchise record. With his solo-homer in Sunday's series finale, the 33-year-old veteran recorded his 1,747th hit as a member of the Twins and now sits just two hits back of tying Kent Hrbek for fourth on Minnesota's all-time hit list (since 1961). Mauer surpassed the aforementioned Killebrew for fifth on the all-time list with a base-hit earlier this season on April 18th against the Milwaukee Brewers. Additionally, the home run gave him 773 RBI for his career, positioning him seventh on the Twins' all-time RBI list and 19 RBI away from his former teammate Torii Hunter (792). Fueled by Mauer's hot week at the plate, the Twins went 4-2 on the week and matched their season-high winning streak of four games.
Other noteworthy performances last week included Mike Napoli (.318, 7 R, 3 HR, 9 RBI) of the Cleveland Indians; Robinson Cano (.360, 5 R, 3 HR, 5 RBI) of the Mariners; Wade Davis (3 SV, 3.0 IP, 5 SO) and Salvador Perez (.526, 5 R, 4 RBI, .571 OBP) of the Kansas City Royals; Rich Hill (2-0, 1.26 ERA, 14.1 IP, 15 SO) of the Oakland Athletics; and Nathan Eovaldi (2-0, 0.75 ERA, 12.0 IP, 12 SO) of the New York Yankees.
In recognition of his American League Player of the Week Award, Joe Mauer will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.