In the midst of a 13-game hitting streak, Victor Martinez was named the American League Player of the Week, Major League Baseball announced Monday. Martinez, a key offensive cog in leading the Tigers to 10 wins in their past 11 games, hit an AL-high .579 (11-for-19) last week with four doubles, two home runs, four walks and 11 RBIs. Martinez's 11 RBIs and .652 on-base percentage led the Majors, while he tied for second in hits and doubles. His 1.105 slugging percentage was third highest in the Majors. Martinez's hot streak began in last weekend's four-game series against Toronto, in which he hit .438 (7-for-16) with three doubles and a homer. After going 3-for-4 in the series finale, Martinez continued to hit at Target Field against the Twins, knocking out three hits -- including two doubles -- while driving in four runs in the opener. He also collected three hits, including a home run, the following day, marking his third straight game of at least three hits and three RBIs.
In his first 10 games since returning from the disabled list on May 4, Martinez batted .459 (17-for-37) with five doubles, two home runs and 14 RBIs. This is Martinez's fourth career AL Player of the Week honor, and his first since 2005, when he was with the Indians. Fellow Tiger Justin Verlander, who was named co-AL Player of the Week for the period ending May 8 -- following his second career no-hitter -- also was considered for his eight-inning, two-hit performance against Kansas City on Friday.