Michael Young may not have a dedicated position, but he still has some acclaim attached to his performance. Young, the Rangers' veteran infielder and designated hitter, rode a torrid six-game performance to be named the American League Player of the Week on Monday for the third time in his distinguished career.
Young, a 12-year veteran, led all big league players with a 1.037 slugging percentage and 28 total bases last week, and he also ranked among the top three in hits (13), batting average (.481) and RBIs (nine). Young delivered four home runs and scored five times, pacing the Texas offense.
Young's week started with a bang, as he homered and went 3-for-5 to help the Rangers to an extra-inning victory over Houston on Tuesday. The former fifth-round draftee then homered in back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday, and he made it three in a row by launching another long ball on Sunday.
The 34-year-old goes into this week with a 12-game hitting streak, and he'll be rewarded with a commemorative watch courtesy of Game Time. Young has had five straight multihit games, and he's the Rangers' all-time leader in at-bats, hits, singles, doubles, triples and multihit games.
Young, a six-time All-Star, was previously named Player of the Week in August 2009 and June '02. Teammate Nelson Cruz also earned consideration after finishing his week with three home runs and five RBIs. Other players who merited consideration for the Player of the Week were Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria and B.J. Upton, in addition to Seattle starter Doug Fister and Toronto's Ricky Romero.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.