Mauer batted .560 (14-for-25) with eight runs scored, six doubles, a triple, a home run and nine RBI over six games. Winning his second weekly award this season (also May 31st) and fourth of his career, Joe paced the AL in batting average, slugging percentage (1.000), on-base percentage (.633), hits and doubles. In addition, he finished second in total bases (25), tied for second in runs scored and RBI, and tied for third in walks (5). In Wednesday night's away tilt with the Indians, the first overall pick of the 2001 MLB Draft went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a triple and four RBI in Minnesota's 13-5 victory. The four-RBI output gave the 13th-year veteran the 794th RBI of his storied career, moving him into sole possession of sixth on the Twins' all-time list. From August 1st-5th, the six-time AL All-Star notched five consecutive multihit games, including a pair of four-hit efforts. The Minnesota native batted .636 (14-for-22) with eight runs scored, six doubles and eight RBI during his hot streak, helping the Twins outscore their opponents 49-27 en route to a 4-1 record. Since the All-Star break, the Twins pace the AL in runs scored (118), hits (219), doubles (53), triples (10), RBI (113) and slugging percentage (.459).
Other noteworthy performances last week included the winners' Minnesota teammates Brian Dozier (.324, 6 R, 3 HR, 9 RBI) and Eddie Rosario (.458, 6 R, 2 HR, 6 RBI); Danny Duffy (2-0, 1.23 ERA, 14.2 IP, 22 SO) of the Kansas City Royals; Pedro Alvarez (.500, 5 HR, 6 RBI, 1.438 SLG), Dylan Bundy (2-0, 1.38 ERA, 13.0 IP, 16 SO) and Manny Machado (.370, 10 H, 3 HR, 9 RBI) of the Baltimore Orioles; and Cleveland's Mike Napoli (.333, 7 R, 4 HR, 7 RBI).
In recognition of their American League Co-Players of the Week Awards, both Max Kepler and Joe Mauer will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.