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Torrid week earns Mauer AL honor

Torrid week earns Mauer AL honor

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.

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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.

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