Rangers third baseman Michael Young, whose Majors-leading 15 hits included three straight three-hit games, was named the American League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America on Monday for the period ending Aug. 23. Young's 15-for-30 week included a home run and eight RBIs and an on-base plus slugging percentage of 1.249. He also collected his 43rd career triple, one shy of the Texas club record. Young takes an 11-game hitting streak into Tuesday night's series opener against the Yankees in New York, his 19th career streak of 10-plus games to match another Texas record, set by Ivan Rodriguez, with whom he was reunited through the recent trade with the Astros.
Furthermore, Young's three-hit threesome was his second of the season, something last accomplished in the AL in 2000 by Johnny Damon, then with the Royals. This is the second weekly award for Young, who had previously earned honors for the week ending Aug. 16, 2006. Others considered for the award were Oakland's Jack Cust (league-leading .571 average and 1.214 slugging percentage); Boston designated hitter David Ortiz (three homers and 10 RBIs); Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia (2-0 with 15 strikeouts); and Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts (four home runs).
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.