Adrian named AL Player of the Week
Red Sox slugger had 12 hits, three homers, 12 RBIs in seven games
ARLINGTON -- While last week was a roller-coaster one for the Red Sox, the one constant was the resurgent bat of Adrian Gonzalez.
The star first baseman was named the American League Player of the Week after collecting 12 hits, three home runs and 12 RBIs in seven games. Gonzalez hit .429, scored five runs and tallied 21 total bases as the Red Sox went 3-4.
"It's a good award," said Gonzalez. "It doesn't feel great after getting swept [by the Blue Jays]. If there's any consolation, it will come with winning a series here and then winning a series in New York."
The Red Sox started the week by taking three of four from the White Sox. Gonzalez notched at least two hits in all four contests and had nine RBIs in the series. Boston then suffered a three-game sweep at the hands of the Blue Jays, despite Gonzalez smashing a three-run homer in the first inning of Sunday's 15-7 defeat.
For the season, the four-time All-Star was batting .296 with nine homers and 58 RBIs entering Monday. Since June 20, he was hitting .391 (43-for-110) with 22 RBIs in 27 games.
"I'm going to have the same mentality, the same approach, at any point, whether I'm doing good or bad," Gonzalez said. "I understand it's a long season. It's not how you start or how you finish. It's the season as a whole. You're going to have great weeks, you're going to have bad weeks. That's part of the game. Hopefully, I can have a few more of the good weeks."
According to Gonzalez, there was no magic remedy that led to his resurgence.
"The game is the game. Sometimes it clicks and sometimes it doesn't," Gonzalez said. "Nobody's got the answer, I'll promise you that."
Gonzalez earned his sixth weekly honor in favor of several other worthy candidates. Angels rookie Mike Trout hit .429 with three homers. Royals outfielder Alex Gordon batted .433 with 13 hits. Mariners rookie Jesus Montero supplied a .462 average with nine RBIs, and Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera slugged career homers 299 and 300 on Sunday, two of his three dingers during the week.