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Gonzalez, Machado share AL Player of Week honors

Gonzalez, Machado share AL Player of Week honors

Gonzalez, Machado share AL Player of Week honors
At the start of last week, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado hadn't even played in a Major League game. By the end of it, however, he had not only made his debut, but Machado had made a big enough splash in his first four games to earn American League Co-Player of the Week honors, alongside Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.

Machado made his big league debut last Thursday, notching two hits, including a triple. One night later, Machado recorded his first and second career home runs and four RBIs, in a 7-1 victory over the Royals.

Overall, the 20-year-old corner infielder went 6-for-16 (.375) with three homers and seven RBIs, in just four games last week.


While the honor was a first for Machado, it was the second this season -- and seventh overall -- for Gonzalez. The Red Sox slugger hit .393 (11-for-28) with two home runs and a Major League-leading 14 RBIs.

Gonzalez also led the Majors with seven doubles last week, three of which came in last Wednesday's game against the Rangers, tying a career high for Gonzalez. Along with the three doubles, Gonzalez also scored three runs and drove in three in the 10-9 loss.

Gonzalez is hitting .309 with 13 home runs and 80 RBIs entering play Monday.

Paul Casella is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @paul_casella. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.