Damon said that Long identified a tweak in his balance and plate coverage, and that he now feels like he can protect better when hitting.
"He's been big late in games for us," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "It seems like every time we get him up late in the game, he comes up with the big hit. He's one of the guys you like to see up there."
The weekly award was only the second of the 15-year veteran's career. He had previously earned honors for the week ending Aug. 21, 2006, during his first season with the Yankees."He's been doing a fantastic job," Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain said. "Johnny is just continuing to be Johnny, like he's been his whole career. He's getting big hits and coming up big when we need them."
Other top candidates for the award were Rays left fielder Carl Crawford (five stolen bases to raise his Major League-leading total to 22) and third baseman Evan Longoria (14 RBIs), Red Sox left fielder Jason Bay (14 RBIs and nine runs), A's infielder Bobby Crosby (AL-leading .421 average) and Angels closer Brian Fuentes (four saves).
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.