Following his record-breaking eight-RBI performance on April 27, Ben Zobrist was named the American League Player of the Week, Major League Baseball announced Monday. The Rays second baseman led the Majors with five doubles and 13 RBIs last week while hitting .440 (11-for-25), with two home runs and a .444 on-base percentage. He also tied for the league lead with eight runs scored and 24 total bases, and finished second with a .960 slugging percentage. More than half of the runs Zobrist drove in last week came during the opener of a doubleheader against Minnesota on April 27 at Target Field. In that game, Zobrist cracked a career-high four hits with eight RBIs, including two doubles, a home run and two runs scored in a 15-3 win over the Twins. Zobrist's eight RBIs broke the Rays' previous single-game mark of seven -- set by Carlos Pena in 2007 -- and were the most in a game since Toronto's Adam Lind on August 31, 2009.
Zobrist continued his hot hitting in the nightcap, going 3-for-4 with a double, a homer, two RBIs and three runs scored. His 10 RBIs in the doubleheader were the most in a twin bill since St. Louis' Mark Whiten drove in 13 runs on September 7, 1993, at Cincinnati. The nightcap was the fifth consecutive contest in which Zobrist drove in at least two runs, and he posted 18 RBIs during that five-game stretch -- the most for an American League player in a five-game span since Reggie Jackson knocked in 18 runs from June 14-18, 1969. This is Zobrist's second career weekly award, the last coming on Sept. 29, 2008. He also is the third Ray to win the award this season, joining outfielder Johnny Damon and right-hander James Shields.