Just when the Yankees closed the gap in the American League East to four games on Aug. 19, Mike Lowell and David Ortiz powered the Red Sox to a 6-1 week to build their lead back to 7 1/2 games. For that, the teammates were honored on Monday as Bank of America Presents co-Players of the Week for the week ending Aug. 26. It was Lowell's third award and Ortiz's fourth. Lowell hit .500 with three doubles, a home run and 11 RBIs. During the past series, a four-game sweep over the White Sox, Lowell went 10-for-19 with six runs scored and seven RBIs. The 2007 reserve All-Star boosted his season average to .323 and now has 17 home runs and 93 RBIs on the season.
"We're really playing well," Boston's third baseman said. "We're swinging the bats extremely well. We're playing good defense. The combination, with our talent, is tough to beat. It's a great feeling." Ortiz was equally impressive the past week, hitting .478 with three home runs, two doubles, a triple and eight RBIs. He is now hitting .324 with 24 home runs and 87 RBIs on the season. In the second game of Friday's doubleheader against the White Sox, the slugger went 4-for-5 with two home runs, three RBIs and three runs. "We need to try to save some for New York," quipped Ortiz, referring to this week's three-game showdown against the Yankees in the Bronx. The Red Sox didn't have a problem providing offense against the lowly White Sox over the weekend, outscoring them 46-7. Still, the Red Sox refuse to bask in their recent success, especially with the upcoming Yankees series beginning on Tuesday. "Got to keep playing," Ortiz said. "Got to keep playing good. Can't take anything for granted right now." It marked the second time that Boston teammates have shared the AL weekly honors, the first being Pedro Martinez and Trot Nixon on July 7, 2002. Tourneau, the world's largest watch store, will supply Lowell and Ortiz with an engraved timepiece recognizing their achievement. Other players receiving consideration for the award included fellow Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 11 strikeouts over 14 innings), Angels outfielder Garret Anderson (.357, three home runs, four doubles, and 11 RBIs), Devil Rays first baseman Carlos Pena (.400, three home runs, three doubles and seven RBIs) and Twins outfielder Torii Hunter (.367, two home runs, four doubles seven RBIs).
Drew Davison is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.