Twins catcher Joe Mauer, who has begun his delayed season with a sustained surge, has received American League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America honors for the period ending Sunday. Mauer hit a league-best .458 (11-for-24) with six extra-base hits, including four home runs over that span. Since being activated on May 1 after missing the season's first month with back problems, Mauer has hit .444 and driven in 31 runs, with the help of 11 homers in 100 at-bats --- already two more than he had totaled in 633 at-bats last season. For the week, Mauer also led the Majors with 12 runs and 13 RBIs.
The weekly award is the second of Mauer's career. He was also recognized for the week ending June 12, 2006, a season in which he became the first catcher to capture the AL's batting crown, a feat he reprised in 2008. Among the standouts Mauer had to beat out were a pair of teammates. Michael Cuddyer led the AL with 13 hits and 30 total bases, and Justin Morneau led with an on-base percentage of .548. Other top performers who drew consideration were Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira, whose 1.074 slugging percentage led the Majors; Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Jason Bartlett, who matched Mauer's 13 RBIs; and veteran Boston knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, who notched two wins.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.