Santana, Upton share AL Player of the Week

Santana, Upton share AL Player of the Week

Cleveland Indians designated hitter Carlos Santana and Detroit Tigers outfielder Justin Upton have earned American League co-Player of the Week honors.

It is the first time each player has won the award this season.

Past winners

Santana guided the Indians to a 4-2 record over the past seven days, racking up three multihit games. Santana hit .458 (11-for-24) with six RBIs and six extra-base hits, including two home runs. His three-run blast in the sixth inning on Thursday was ultimately a game-winner, as the Indians bested the Royals, 5-2.

Santana's play helped Cleveland inch closer to clinching the AL Central. The Indians hold a seven-game lead over the Tigers entering Monday.

Upton's solo home run

Upton recorded a hit in each of the Tigers' six games during the week, clubbing three home runs. He hit .400 (10-for-25) with three multihit games, helping Detroit go 4-2.

Upton's performance helped the Tigers gain a game on the second Wild Card spot, with Detroit now 1 1/2 games behind the Baltimore Orioles.

Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.