Surging Hosmer earns AL honors for week

Royals 1B posts 1.470 OPS to help keep KC in postseason hunt

Surging Hosmer earns AL honors for week

Eric Hosmer is playing some of the best baseball of his life right now, and it's coming at the best time -- with his Royals fighting for a postseason spot and at the tail end of a contract year.

Hosmer may have enjoyed the best week of his career last week, in the midst of what's become a career year. He was awarded for his success Monday, earning American League Player of the Week honors for Sept. 4-10.

The sweet-swinging first baseman went 14-for-26 (.538) over the past seven days while posting an incredible 1.470 OPS to help Kansas City go 4-3 during the week. Hosmer added two home runs and had multi-RBI games twice.

Weekly award winners

Hosmer finished the week recording hits in his final eight at-bats and reaching base in nine consecutive plate appearances over three games against the Twins. For the season, he's hitting .328/.393/.517 to go along with 24 home runs and 85 RBIs.

The AL Player of the Week Award is the first of Hosmer's career, and the first for a Royals player since Kendrys Morales won last September.

Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @joetrezz. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.