Morales slugs way to AL Player of Week

Morales slugs way to AL Player of Week

Kendrys Morales is doing his part to keep the Royals in the playoff hunt.

The designated hitter earned American League Player of the Week honors after hitting .409/.500/1.091 with five home runs and 14 RBIs in six games last week, leading Kansas City to a 4-2 record.

The Royals entered action Monday four games back of the second AL Wild Card spot.

Morales, 33, posted two multihit games last week, including a two-homer performance in Kansas City's 10-3 romp of Minnesota on Tuesday. He also knocked out three hits the following day in a 6-5 loss.

Morales closed the week with a solo homer in Sunday's 2-0 win in Chicago.

This is Morales' fourth career weekly honor and second of the season, the other coming for the week of July 3.

Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.